The 4th March 2009 will mark the 1,000th performance of the show that continues to pack them in. The 39 Steps started out as a small show that no-one predicted would still be around 1,000 performances later – much less also running on Broadway.
Not even the Hitchcock original – or Rupert Penry-Jones’ recent attempt – can match the brilliant and hilariously recreated stage antics of this show, created by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken. It deserved to win the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy as a group of four fearless actors, play 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.
John Buchanan would be proud.