It has been a great nine years of fun but the game is up for vintage comedy spy thriller, The 39 Steps.
The show is to close at London’s Criterion Theatre. More than three million people have seen the production worldwide.
By its last performance on September 5, The 39 Steps will have played the fifth highest number of performances of any play in West End history.
The show was based on John Buchan’s 1914 spy thriller, The Thirty Nine Steps, and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow.
The Olivier, Tony and Whatsonstage award-winning comedy followed the incredible adventures of handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encountered dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.
This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller featured four actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.
Since opening in 2006 the production has seen more than 50 actors tread its boards and between them they have got through over 3,000 pairs of stockings, 530 O/S maps of Scotland, 38 pairs of handcuffs and 16 suspender belts. The show has been performed in 39 countries including Moscow, Shanghai, Tokyo and Paris.
The tongue-in-cheek production opened had an original cast of Rupert Degas, Charles Edwards, Simon Gregor and Catherine McCormack.
The 39 Steps was also famously adapted for screen by Alfred Hitchcock in what is widely regarded as one of the best films from his early period.
The stage production references a number of the legendary scenes from Hitchcock’s 1935 thriller including the chase on the Flying Scotsman Train, the escape on the Forth Rail Bridge and the controversial ‘stockings and suspenders’ scene.
The current and final cast is Daniel Llewelyn-Williams as Richard Hannay, Kelly Hotten, Mike Goodenough, and Gary Sefton.