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The 39 Steps comes to the Opera House

This Olivier and Tony Award-winning comedy looks set to be a season highlight

Published on April 6th 2010.


The 39 Steps comes to the Opera House

The Opera House has bagged a winner here – John Buchan's The 39 Steps is one of the most successful comedies to hit the West End in recent years, scooping the Olivier and Whatsonstage award for Best Comedy and two Tony awards on Broadway.

The humour has been compared to Monty Python; even reviewers that frown at the play's twisting of the Hitchcock original can't help admiring the laugh-out-loud enjoyment of it all.

It's a fast, funny version of Hitchcock's classic thriller, with just four actors playing 139 roles within 100 minutes of action. Every scene of the film is recreated including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, and the death-defying finale in the London Palladium. The actors sometimes play multiple characters at once (including inanimate objects), or step off stage in one role then return moments later in another.

Patrick Barlow, who adapted John Buchan’s novel for the stage, says: “We have four very skilled actors in the show – and they need to be. Where else would they get the opportunity to run out on stage as an old lady, come off and then go back on minutes later as an underworld villain?”

It's a Boy's Own-style spoof complete with pencil moustaches, dastardly villains and chisel-jawed heroes. The humour has been compared to Monty Python; even reviewers that frown at the play's twisting of the Hitchcock original can't help admiring the laugh-out-loud enjoyment of it all.

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