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The 39 Steps Tickets

Four actors, 139 roles, 100 minutes of thrilling comedy.
Production shot of The 39 Steps during its UK Tour
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About The 39 Steps

See Olivier and Tony-winning spy thriller and slapstick comedy, The 39 Steps, return to the West End stage for the first time in almost a decade. Book tickets on TodayTix.

The 39 Steps in London is a fan-favourite that was on the West End at the Criterion Theatre for nine years. After leaving the West End, the play was performed in 39 countries and had a UK tour.

In this comedic whodunit, be transported to London, Edinburgh, and the Scottish Highlands circa 1935. Audiences watch as the charming Richard Hannay is forced to flee London after a woman is murdered in his apartment. Thus begins his search for the killer while also fleeing the police and the woman’s murderers. This action-packed play is based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the hit 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, and it includes all the exciting scenes from the film, including the chase on top of the Flying Scotsman train.

Run time

1hr 45min. Incl. 1 interval.

Start date

16th August, 2024

End date

28th September, 2024


Plays, West End

Production note
Please note that strobing lights (30sec), flashing lights, haze, smoke, smoking of herbal cigarette, guns on stage (not real) with sound effects feature in the production.
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Trafalgar Theatre

14 Whitehall, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2DY


Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Whitehall) 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 88, 91, 159, 453; (Strand) 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 29, 87, 139, 176
Night bus numbers: (Whitehall) 12, 24, 53, 88, 159, 453, N2, N3, N5, N11, N18, N20, N44, N52, N87, N91, N97, N109, N136, N155, N381 (Strand) 6, 23, 139, 176, N9, N13, N15, N21, N26, N29, N41, N47, N89, N279, N343, N551 Car park: The nearest Q-Park carpark is CHINATOWN, Newport Place WC2H 7PU. Directions from tube: (5mins) Head left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.

More information about The 39 Steps

See the consummate cast from the UK tour reprise their roles in the play’s run at Trafalgar Theatre. Tom Byrne (Bridgerton, The Crown) plays Richard Hannay, Safeena Ladha (The Great Gatsby: The Immersive Show) plays Annabella Schmidt, Pamela and Margaret, Eugene McCoy (Groundhog Day, Legally Blonde) plays Clown 1, and Maddie Rice (Fleabag, All My Sons) plays Clown 2. Jacob Daniels and Hannah Parker are the understudies. Together, the four actors impressively play all 139 characters in the show.

The 39 Steps is a play with an exceptional creative team behind it. The show was adapted from Buchan’s novel and Hitchcock’s film by Patrick Barlow, and the concept was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. This production includes Olivier-winning Peter McKintosh as the scenic and costume designer, Nicola Samer (Much Ado About Nothing, Little Women) as the director, Ian Scott (Boys From the Backstuff) as the lighting designer, and Olivier-nominated and Tony-winning Mic Pool as the Sound Designer.

What to watch for

  • Maddie Rice is the first woman to play one of the clowns in The 39 Steps.
  • The first version of The 39 Steps by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon premiered for just 90 people and was funded by a £1,000 grant.
  • The play earned numerous awards, including a 2007 Olivier Award and two Tony Awards in 2008.
  • It is rumoured that parts of The 39 Steps are autobiographical, as a friend of Buchan (who wrote the novel) had traits similar to Richard Hannay's.

Frequently asked questions

What is The 39 Steps about?

The fan-favourite and award-winning thriller and comedy, The 39 Steps, based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, returns to the West End after almost a decade.

What is the running time of The 39 Steps?

The 39 Steps runs for 1hr 45min. Incl. 1 interval.

How do you get tickets for The 39 Steps?

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Which theatre is The 39 Steps at?

The 39 Steps is at London's Trafalgar Theatre.

How much are tickets for The 39 Steps?

The 39 Steps tickets start at £23.

Who wrote The 39 Steps?

John Buchan wrote the novel, and this adaptation is by Patrick Barlow.

Who directed The 39 Steps?

Nicola Samer is the show’s director.

Is The 39 Steps appropriate for kids?

This play is a wonderful family show that includes lots of action and laughter.

Is The 39 Steps good?

The 39 Steps is a great show based on the now classic novel and film of the same name. This production boasts an exceptional cast and award-winning creative team. Critics have also loved it, including a 4-star Broadway World review that says, “This show remains an incredible challenge for the four actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes. They all demonstrate wit, energy and great dexterity in the physical tasks they must get through. Slapstick and farce is one of the most difficult genres to pull off and it is clear that the cast has worked very hard to achieve a very funny performance.”

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