‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’
Evaluation of the Performance
On the 15th of October The Thirty-Nine Steps’ was performed at the criterion theatre. The performance was based on both John Buchan’s book and the 1935 film version by Alfred Hitchcock; however it was adapted by Patrick Barlow. It is also currently directed by Maria Aitken. ‘The 39 Steps’ was the winner of Best New Comedy, Laurence Olivier awardS in 2007. The play starred just four actors; Martyn Ellis, Josefina Gabrielle, Simon Gregor and Simon Paisley Day who had to play all of the characters. The Fiery Angel production company approached Patrick Barlow to adapt the script, which then lead to the success of the play in the west end.
‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’ is an incredibly fast-paced story about one man named Richard Hannay who gets caught up in the adventures of a spy. It begins at a London Theatre, while he is watching the powers of ‘Mr Memory’. When a fight breaks out and a gun is fired, Mr Hannay finds himself holding a frightened Annabella Smith. They both go back to his flat where she reveals she is a spy who is being chased by assassins who are out to kill her. She also reveals her plan to steal the head of an organisation called the ’39 steps’. When he wakes up the next day, he finds her dead, so not to be framed for her murder he sneaks out of the flat in a disguise so to find the man she told him about.
his journey by train to Scotland, he shares a kiss with Pamela in an attempt to cover his identity. In a second attempt to free himself he jumps from the train on to a bridge. He then stays with a farmer and his young wife for the night, however the next day he has to leave in a hurry. Hannay decides to go to the police, but when they don’t accept his story he jumps through the window and escapes into the crowd. Hannay ends up in a political meeting by mistake and has to make a speech, however his cover is blown as Pamela walks in and straight away recognises him and hands him in into the...