West End's The 39 Steps to Close After 9-Year Run

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The 39 Steps, the Olivier Award-winning show that has been playing at the West End's Criterion Theatre since 2006, will shutter Sept. 5. During its run, it will have played the 5th highest number of performances of any play in West End history.

Based on John Buchan's 1914 spy thriller "The Thirty Nine Steps" and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, it originally premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and at the Tricycle Theatre in London before transferring to the West End.

It has also played on Broadway, where it first opened at the American Airlines Theatre in 2008, before transferring in turn to the Cort Theatre and Helen Hayes, before finally playing an off-Broadway season at New World Stages. It was nominated in 2008 for the Tony Award for Best Play, and also earned Tony nominations for director Maria Aitken and set and costume designer Peter McKintosh.

It won Tony Awards for its Broadway lighting designer Kevin Adams (the West End lighting is by Ian Scott), and sound designer Mic Pool. Movement is by Toby Sedgwick, and the play is produced by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel and Tricycle London Productions with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The production features four actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes. Over the past 9 years in the West End, the production has seen more than 50 actors tread its boards and between them they have got through over 3,000 pairs of stockings, 530 O/S maps of Scotland, 38 pairs of handcuffs and 16 suspender belts.

The production has peformed in 37 other countries in addition to the U.K. and U.S., including productions in Moscow, Shanghai, Tokyo and Paris, to over 3 million people worldwide. It continues its Off-Broadway run. The current London cast comprises Daniel Llewelyn-Williams, Kelly Hotten, Mike Goodenough, and Gary Sefton.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 847 1778, or visit love39steps.com

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