Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre) Review

The 39 Steps is not your average drama. Unlike bigger productions (i.e. Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera or even Cabaret), it has a cast size of only four. That's what made the comedy interesting considering that there are more than 10 characters in the entire play.

After losing the best comedy to Boeing Boeing, The 39 Steps, which dramatised of a young (and bored) British gentleman who was sucked into an international conflict just before the Second World War, looks set to clinch the title this time round; especially when Boeing Boeing had its last performance earlier this year.

Like Woman in Black, The 39 Steps seek to create the 'special effects' using minimal props. Train cabin scenes, 'theatre within a theatre' scenes and even a chase scene above a moving train were depicted without a flaw with the clever use of props and alternating costumes (and accents) between characters.

The most entertaining character, however, is not the leading man. Look out for this actor with a slighter built (I didn't get his name, which was a pity). Throughout the show, he took on at least five (I lost count halfway through) roles, all through fast change of clothes and credible accents and mannerisms. Without a doubt, he is the guy to look out for.

All in all, John Buchan's The 39 Steps, which currently shows at Piccadilly Circus' Criterion Theatre is highly entertaining and well worth the ticket price (same-day stall seats available at TKTS at £24 each). Alternatively, you can book your tickets here in advance.

Read also...
Les Misérables (Queen's Theatre) review
Boeing Boeing... vs Absurd Person Singular
The Woman in Black

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Nomadic Matt said...

I'm in London next week. I'll check it out if there are tickets available. How much were they?

C K said...

@nomadic matt,
Well, the price is written right at the end of the post if you click on 'read more'. Anyway, it's 24 pounds for stall tickets at TKTS. The full price is twice that amount.

How long will you be around? There're loads of other plays that you should catch as well!! I'm sure you'll enjoy your time here provided that the weather isn't anything like this week, which was wet and gloomy. :o

Thomas said...

If it's anything like "The Woman in Black" it must be good. I loved that play.

C K said...

I love 'Woman in Black' as well! But unlike 'Woman', 'The 39 Steps' will get you laughing all the way to the end!

businesssolo said...

I've never been in London

is that nice place

greeting from solo Indonesia

C K said...

Thanks for stopping by. Do come by if opportunities arises, I'm sure you'll enjoy the city!