Hitchcock classic to come to Wimbledon

Review by Paul Nelson

The 39 Steps… I Counted Them! is the show of the film of the book, deconstructed by Peter Wear. It will be performed at the Wimbledon Studio Theatre for two nights only as part of the new spring season on Sunday January 27th and Monday 28th at 7.30pm.

Richard Hannay, in London with plenty of money and nothing to do, has vowed to return to South Africa to resume subjugating the locals, unless something happens to wake him up.

He drops in to a music hall, which triggers the series of events that became one of the greatest spy stories of all time.

Here you can meet the mesmeric Mr Memory Loss and the shifty Sir Frank P Scudder, the feisty Pamela and the dim Sir Newton Tweedsmuir, not to mention that embodiment of evil, the Black Stone!

The 39 Steps … I Counted Them! is an amalgam of the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock, which is filtered and deconstructed through the experienced comic sensibilities of Peter Wear to justify the subtitle: 'The Show of the Film of the Book'.

Peter Wear's many theatre and television performances range from comedy series and dramas and to the Old Vic where he played Antonio to Max von Sydow's Prospero in Jonathan Miller's production of The Tempest. He was also a mainstay at The Comedy Store for over two years when it first opened. This is his fifth solo show.

The 39 Steps … I Counted Them! The Show of the Film of the Book deconstructed by Peter Wear. Wimbledon Studio Theatre Sunday and Monday January 27th and 28th at 7.30pm. Box Office 020 8540 0362.