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The Show

John Buchan’s classic adventure novel is a cornerstone of British pop culture. Often filmed, as recently as 2008 and most memorably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, it’s been a huge influence on James Bond and all the other superspies that followed in its wake. Patrick Barlow’s joyous theatrical telling of the tale uses Hitchcock’s version as a stylistic springboard for a vivid and, frankly, crackers homage to a bygone age of heroic adventure.

Barlow’s hilarious spin on Buchan’s tale adds irresistible silliness and slapstick to the thrills and spills, and guarantees big laughs for all ages. Having originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2006, The 39 Steps has gone on to become an award-winning smash-hit all over the world. The London production has now been a solid success for over six years and still seems every bit as breezy, fresh and daft now as it did when it opened.

Note: Seats with a face value of £25 in the rear stalls are classed as Restricted View.

The Story

Europe is on the brink of WWI and spies are crawling out of the woodwork. Suave, square-jawed Richard Hannay has returned to London to start a new life. When a foxy female spy calls on him for help, Hannay finds himself caught up in a nefarious German plot to steal Britain’s plans for war. Copious hackle-raising interludes of derring-do follow, interspersed with episodes of hopelessly bonkers comedy, as Hannay makes his escape from fiendish evildoers on a pulse-pounding chase through Scotland.

As The 39 Steps hurtles towards its death-defying climax, you’ll meet 140 characters played by just four actors, and laugh yourself silly at an uproarious British farce that’s certain to lift your spirits.

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A joyous version of the Hitchcock classic

- The Sunday Times

Exactly the thing the West End has been waiting for

- The Observer

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Take advantage of our great ticket deals for The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre and you'll enjoy the best that London theatre has to offer. Before you take your seat, watch our video and give yourself a flavour of what’s in store, with sights and sounds from The 39 Steps.

Criterion Theatre Seat Plan

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Choose your seats from the plan of the Criterion Theatre above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:

The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.

Venue Info

Criterion Theatre


The Criterion Theatre is situated in Piccadilly Circus in the West End of London, close to Piccadilly Circus tube station. Built in 1874, this 588 seat venue started life as a Victorian Concert Hall.

The first production staged at the Criterion Theatre was An American Lady, a comedy by Henry J Byron which opened on March 21st 1874. Among the countless notable shows to have graced this venerable West End theatre’s stage during its long history since then are Musical Chairs, French Without Tears, Waiting for Godot and Run for Your Wife.

The Criterion Theatre is unique in that almost the entire building is underground. Even the upper gallery cannot be reached without going down stairs. In 1883 the theatre was closed briefly whilst refurbishments took place to improve the ventilation of the theatre.  It reopened in 1884 with cleaner air and the added bonus of electricity.

The theatre was renovated again in 1902-03 and was closed for seven months. During the Second World War, the Criterion was taken over by the BBC and used to broadcast light entertainment programmes.  As an underground theatre it provided the perfect studio space, safe from the London Blitz.

The theatre faced numerous threats of demolition throughout the ’60s and ’70s. However, the building was purchased by Robert Bourne and his wife Sally Greene in the ‘80s. They set up the Criterion Theatre Trust, a registered charity created to protect the Criterion's future.

The layout, size and atmosphere of the Criterion Theatre make it a wonderful place to see a West End play. Recent successes include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), What the Butler Saw, Otherwise Engaged, Mack & Mabel and The 39 Steps.

Whatever you decide to see at the Criterion Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.

Venue Address: Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XAView Map

Venue Facilities:

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Travel Info

Nearest Tube Station:Piccadilly Circus
Tube Lines:Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Nearest Rail:Charing Cross
Bus Numbers:(Haymarket) 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139; (Regent Street) 14, 15, 22, 94, 159, 453
Night Bus Numbers:(Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 159, N3, N13, N18, N19, N38, N97, N136, N550, N551; (Regent Street) 14, 94, 159, 453, N15, N22, N109
Congestion Charge Zone:Yes

Discounted Group Rates

Rated typeMin. ticketsBook byPriceValidity/Exclusions
Group Rate 8+818/10/14£52.50
Group Rate 8+818/10/14£50.00
School Group Rate 8+818/10/14£52.50
School Group Rate 8+218/10/14£50.00

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