Jo Stone-Fewings

Criterion Theatre

Piccadilly Circus SW1Y 4XA

The 39 Steps

Awarded a Laurence Olivier Award 2007
Criterion Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Criterion Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 14th Sept 06
Opens 20th Sept 06
Booking to 31st Oct 15
Show Times
Mon - Sat 8.00 pm
Matinée Weds 3.00 pm
Matinée Sat
4.00 pm
Length of show - 2hrs

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



History & Background

The 39 Steps opened in September 2006. was awarded Best New Comedy at the 2007 Laurence Olivier Awards.

Alfred Hitchcock's cinematic masterpiece was based on a 1918 era - a spy novel. He upgraded the war from ww1 to ww2 and added a love interest His version of The 39 Steps introduced humour to it. Indeed he introduced that certain humour into the spy genre of thrillers generally it has been said. This proceeded to today's play which added a touch of vintage Monty Python. This gave us The 39 Steps an admixture of "Hilarious whodunit, spy thriller and quick-change comedy"to quote

The plan to sell the movie at the box office is welcomed. See the movie after the play and it will certainly "add",

Anything you say about the story of a spy thriller is a spoiler.

The Production

From a lavish film to a little play in a Victorian playhouse took ingenuity and imagination. Above all an iconic simplicity in picking the set. "Its as clever as the plot so here again it's spoiler city to be avoided." It is enough to say there are four actors.

The lighting and the changes are as clever as the plot and too much detail would spoil the delight you will get watching the action - not only the actors - also the costumes the set and the lighting.


  • Richard Galazka - Richard Hannay
  • Alix Dunmore - Annabella, Pamela, Margaret
  • Tim Frances - Clown
  • Daniel Tuite - Clown

  • Director - Maria Aitken
  • Sets and Costumes - Peter McKintosh
  • Lighting - Ian Scott
© 2017 Updated 11th Feb 2016