16-21 May 2016
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
We were warmly welcomed to the Theatre Royal in Glasgow on Monday night for the first night of The 39 Steps which runs until Saturday 21st May.
Theatre Royal is situated on Hope Street in the City Centre so easily accessible by car, bus and train.
The theatre entrance is spacious and bright with a café as well as a bar on the dress circle level. The auditorium has reasonable leg room and the seating comfortable. We were sitting in the centre of the dress circle with an excellent view but imagine the view will be pretty good from most seats.
The performance was unfortunately disrupted by a fire alarm which transpired to be a false alarm. The theatre was evacuated swiftly and efficiently, checks carried out and the audience back in, in less than 15 minutes – this gives great confidence and full marks for the staff last night.
The 39 Steps is based on a book of the same name written by John Buchan published in 1915, it rose to fame on big screen with Alfred Hitchcock’s black and white version in 1935.
Richard Ede stars as the hero Richard Hannay who risks life and limb to clear himself of the murder of Annabella and expose the spy ring… code name The 39 Steps. Olivia Greene plays love interests Annabella, Pamela and Margaret. While Rob Witcomb, Man 1, and Andrew Hodges, Man 2, take on all the many other characters in the play with great gusto and hilarious consequences!
The staging is superb and the actors timing and delivery impeccable. The only minor down side was Greene was difficult to understand at times in the first act.
The show played to a full house of all ages and everyone looked to have enjoyed the show as much as we did.
Tickets cost from £15.40 to £38.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The 39 Steps is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 21 May 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647