The 39 Steps

Comedy

West End

Criterion Theatre

Until Sat Mar 28 2015

  • The 39 Steps

    ©Tristram Kenton / Cast Stephen Critchlow & Andy Williams

    The 39 Steps
  • The 39 Steps

    ©Tristram Kenton / Cast Stephen Critchlow & Andy Williams

    The 39 Steps
  • The 39 Steps

    Tristram Kenton

    The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

©Tristram Kenton / Cast Stephen Critchlow & Andy Williams

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  • Name:

    Criterion Theatre

  • Address:

    Criterion Theatre 218-223 Piccadilly
    London
    SW1Y 4XA

  • Categories :

    Theatre. Comedy. West End

The 39 Steps 2014 - 2015

  • Date Time Price information
  • Thu Oct 23
    20:00
    £12.50-£45. Runs 1hr 35mins
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  • 1 star:3
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Grace P

Absolutely brilliant. Went for a birthday treat and we were both laughing from start to finish. Would highly recommend to everyone and anyone. Already been telling all my friends that they have to go and see it. The Criterion is a lovely little theatre which leave you with the feeling of having a nice intimate evening out. It is a must!

jules031056 .

Poor. Comedy and something like the 39 Steps just don't go together. Try the Jeeves & Wooster instead, and you will be richly rewarded. 

Smith37Pamela

Absolutely spiffing!The Criterion theatre and the 39 Steps Play complemented each other so much that you felt you were drawn into a bygone era.I went with my husband who normally doesn't visit the theatre and we were both impressed and overwhelmed with the delightful performance and theatre.We both felt the experience could be summed up with one word , 'charming'.The Criterion ice creams added to the experience ,I had strawberry,my husband had vanilla and we both felt we were on a day out in the heart of England.Spiffing,delightful,charming both the performance and the theatre.I would thoroughly recommend this as a night out not to be missed.

Richard Bance

We visited the comedy show on Tuesday 25 Feb., in celebration of my friends` 60th Birthday. What a funny, hilarious and well acted show. The energy of the cast is amazing and in a play which requires many different scenes, there was brilliant use of minimal props, which just helped to make the show more comedic. 5 stars from all of us.

Juliet

Hilarious and very clever. We took our three teenage boys who really loved it! Great too for anyone studying drama.

Sue

Absolutely fantastic. I thought the 4 people played wonderfully well. I laughed most of the way through it. Would recommend this for a good night out.

Juliet Kavanagh

The cast was good, and the play was very amusing, but the storyline seemed to be quite thin, and although amusing, the play was not particularly memorable

Per Arne Tjäder

Excellent performance in the best of British traditions! Efficient adaptation of the novel and the idea of keeping the cast as tight as possible if wonderfully fullfilled and performed with brio. However, being an old dramaturg in a theatre, I missed the dénouement of the story, and I think that the house, when leaving the show, was a bit curious about what the 39 steps really meant.

NS

It was very funny and easy to understand for me although English is not my first language. I had a great time and I would definitely recommend it to my friends.

Ann

I did enjoy the production and appreciated the skill and energy of the cast. There were some very witty bits and it galloped along but ... not very exciting or especially memorable.

Anthony Render

A very good play, well what I could see of it. The problem is the seating in the stalls. The seats are not tiered enough. There was a tall person in front of me and a tall person in front of him. I could never see more than 50% of the stage. I suggest anyone wanting to see The 39 Steps at The Criterion Theatre, they book seats in the front row of the dress circle.

SW

A farcical stroke of genius, brilliantly executed from start to finish.

Julie

Being a fan of The National Theatre of Brent and The Reduced Shakespeare Company this was right up my street. Clever, funny, and moved along at quite a pace. The evening went too quickly.....and my daughter who had not read The 39 Steps followed the storyline. Brilliant show.

Titi

Très bonne pièce. Le jeu des 4 acteurs est brillant et très visuel, ils jouent plus de 100 roles en 90 minutes ! Pas d'effets spéciaux, tout est jeu sur scène. Pas besoin de tout comprendre pour apprécier la pièce, elle est donc accessible aux non anglophone. Côté rétro très accentué, pour les amateurs. Very good play. Brillant acting, very visual with more than 100 roles in 90 minutes ! No special effects, only acting on stage. No need to be English proficient to appreciate the show. A strong ´"rétro" atmosphere.

Amanda

Really good show. Quirky, fun and clever use of minimal props and staging. Would recommend for family or couples night out.

ludovic

Not from an english-speaking background, it was very understandable (despite the accents) and very well played! - not the case with all plays. Of course it has a 'vaudeville' taste to it that might not be everyone's cup but it's a really funny and the improvisation aspect brings a lot to it.

Avalie

Very disappointing. Not funny, very amateur production and very poor effects. Although I did like the train! And the theatre is lovely.

William

Saw this a few years back. Its very good, comedy at its finest. You will appreciate all the work that has gone into this fine production.

Matt Roberts

We caught the matinee performance and we're totally blown away with the performance. If you want a great feel good show packed full of fun, laughter, top class acting &clever use of a theatre - this is one for you. With Christmas fast approaching I'd recommend getting a ticket. The ending is very fitting!

Chris Copeland

Really fun evening, beautiful theatre, nice 30's feel throughout. Didn't always appeal to my sense of humour, althogh that didn't detract from it. It was very cleverly done with such a small cast and some great performances throughout made it thoroughly enjoyable.

Seungkue Oh

It was amazing entertainment for us in the horrible raining day .It was so funny and I really enjoyed the cartoon style acting. . I highly recommend seeing this play for everyone . Thank you.

Deborah Hill

An excellent evening's entertainment . Fast moving , versatile actors and very funny . Would highly recommend seeing this play .

Roland

this was a good evening out, enjoyed the play thought the special effects actually made it. Very well thought out and directed. Did not have me laughing all night, but I did manage a few laughs!!

Sath

The show was excellent. Laughs throughout, great acting and relaxed vibe in the theatre. Would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good night out.

Tori

At the request of a friend visiting London, I hurriedly booked tickets to see this play on a Monday evening. The whole process from booking tickets (on the TimeOut website) to arriving at the venue for the show was so easy and hassle free. The theatre was so adorable and really comfortable. Our seats were great (especially given the fact that we bought discounted tickets at the last minute) with a good view of the stage. The play itself was very entertaining. The storyline, pace, attention to detail kept us engaged and laughing all the way through. Highly recommended.

Richard Howey Brown

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this show. I'm hard to please at the theatre, pomposity puts me off, though I was grinning and laughing all the way through. Great story, well written for the stage, great acting.

Amanda

I didn't know much about this play, but took my aunt , as it was such a good deal. It was amazing! So funny, great acting. I highly recommend! I am 35, my aunt is 71 and we both laughed our way through.

Gabriel Dizner

Actors, scenery, lighting, costumes, everything was perfect! The team has a very precise timing and you can tell that they really enjoy acting. Lots of laughing with every scene. We would surely recommend "The 39 stpe" to everoyne!

Marcin

That was super funny. All 100 minuts with the teath out and a full smile. I will recommend it to everyone :)

Gordon Bell

Outstanding performance. Brilliantly performed by a cast of 4?? Really??? They were everywhere, and so professional. I was thoroughly entranced for the whole performance and would happily recommend this show to anyone..

Karen

I brought my Mum to see this show when she visited me in London last week. Having not seen the Hitchcock movie I was a little worried that we would be a bit 'lost' regarding the jokes. However it was a great night and we both enjoyed it immensly! I cannot recommend it enough - high energy and lots of laughs. It was a great night out for both of us

noga

The beginning was nice. But you get the idea after an hour. Not enough progress

Susie

What an amazing night. As we sat down in the small but gorgeous theatre we weren't sure what to expect. A very good friend of mine was here from Australia unexpectedly so it was a last minute thing. The seats we had gave us a perfect view, the performers made amazing use of the space they had, and put on a show that left us smiling and giggling even once the show was finished. I would highly recommend this show to anyone!

Ron

A sharp and witty play! In a time where TV, film and internet are supplying the bulk of entertainment in 3D and reality shows, this theatrical production really proves theatre is alive and kicking. By stepping in and out of the medium itself, employing fast, ping-pong dialogues, witty references and sharp humour , and changing through tens of characters in 1.5 hours (boy, do the actors work a sweat in this one!) - this production made me laugh out loud and enjoy theatre at its best.

Pete Bishop

It takes a lot for me to laugh out loud, but the quality of the acting (and accents) along with some beautifully delivered old fashioned humour (how refreshing) had me in stitches. Equally impressive were the incredibly well used props and stage mechanics, full of energy and impressive timings. Being well into my mid-fifties, I'd of course seen the original several times but my 20 year old lad certainly hadn't and loved it despitenot knowing anything about the book or screenplay(s). A massive compliment to the actors (each covering multiple parts) and whole production team. A thorougly enjoyable evening complete with more than enough laugh therapy.

Annie

Absolutely brilliant! Excellent timing and so funny. Bought the tickets as a surprise for my husband and he so enjoyed the show. Would definitely go again.

Jack Musgrove

Outrageously funny with just the right amount of references to the original. Definitely a fun evening.

Adam

A real great show- after only 7 years, I can honestly call this a British classic... fabulously acted with Hitchcock references galore! Set, acting, sound, lighting,props-all were flawless. An absolute must-see!

Michael

I can honestly say the show was great fun and brilliantly acted. Highly recommended.

Gareth Tuppenney

The cast seemed to be enjoying themselves and this transmitted itself to the audience. Fun use of Hitchcock motifs in the script and props. Fast-paced, family friendly entertainment.

Harry

A very slick production. Not high-budget, but certainly not cheap. The group have obviously had time to hone every aspect to perfection. If you're looking for a tense thriller, this is not it. Instead you'll get a rapid-fire comedy, with quality acting, miming and inventive integration with minimal props. If you don't leave with a smile, you're probably a fun sponge.

Hazel Brown

I have so often been dissapointed when I've visited the theatre...but not this time. It was pure joy ..everything a theatre production should be and such fun.

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