I was brought on a date to see The 39 Steps after a very long and stressful day at work and I have to admit, I wasn’t really in the mood for a night out. But believe me, this was the absolute perfect pick up.
This inventive play is based on the adventure novel by John Buchan and the Alfred Hitchbock film and is delightfully tongue-in-cheek the whole way through. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a breath of fresh air from the sometimes stuffy plays that you can find in the West End.
Set in the 1940s, it tells the story of the unflappable Richard Hannay who is on the run from the police after being accused of murdering a beautiful spy that he has recently befriended. The 139 roles are played by just 4 actors and they spend their time racing around the stage and switching characters in a frenzy of costume changes, wigs and accents – it’s bloody ridiculous but completely hilarious. It has a similar feel to the reduced Shakespeare Company (which, by the way, is also a good date choice)
The play is only 100 minutes long so it’s a particularly good first date choice, putting you both in a good mood and then leaving you time to enjoy a drink afterwards.
Currently playing at the very cute Criterion Theatre, The 39 Steps will make a fabulous outing for a date and there are also many ticket deals for the show online so get yours booked now.