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The 39 Steps to close after nine years in the West End

The 39 Steps. Photo: Dan Tsantilis
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The 39 Steps will close in September after nine years in the West End.

The production, which is currently running at the Criterion Theatre, will close on September 5, making it the fifth longest running play in West End history.

Based on John Buchan’s 1914 thriller, The 39 Steps is adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken.

Four actors play 139 roles in the show, and the production has seen more than 50 performers star in the show over its nine-year run.

It currently stars Daniel Llewelyn-Williams, Kelly Hotten, Mike Goodenough and Gary Sefton.

The show is produced by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel and Tricycle London Productions with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

CLARIFICATION An earlier version of this story carried a picture from a production of The 39 Steps being staged at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake. The Stage would like to make it clear that while the West End production will close in September, the Keswick production will continue its run until November 4, 2015