A few weeks ago, I was befriended by one ‘Richard Hannay’ on Facebook. He turned out to be a character from the play The 39 Steps, which is currently showing at the Criterion Theatre, here in London. The original novel by John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps was first published in 1915, and is a thriller about an innocent man on the run, starring the aforementioned Hannay, described as “an all-action hero with a stiff upper lip and a miraculous habit of getting himself out of sticky situations”. The most famous adaptation of the book was by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, and this latest production is set in the same era.
I was then contacted by ‘Mr Hannay’, to find out my thoughts on the Criterion running a ‘Vintage Night’ for the play, for which all attendees would be required to dress up in their finest attire. I, of course, thought it a splendid idea and told him so. Before I knew it, the date had been set and an advertisement placed in the forthcoming April/May issue of the Chap Magazine.
Looks rather splendid, don’t you think?
I am excited to say that I have been invited to watch the play tomorrow, and discuss some other ideas with the organisers, that will ensure this night is one not to be missed by vintage fans here in the Big Smoke. I will report back soon! If you are keen to attend, please do contact the box office on 0844 847 1778 right away as the tickets have already started selling. I’m sure it’s going to be a roaring success!
Must dash, I think I can hear a Black Maria coming round the corner….