1. It's ingenious.
Before I auditioned I watched the show and was struck by the clever use of minimal props to create enormous effects. In a world where we are bombarded by CGI trickery, it can be refreshing to use your imagination once in a while!
2. The production values.
We are a cast of just four, but we rely on a phenomenal creative team. The lighting, sound and design on the show provide such a rich backdrop that can be all too easily overlooked - but without it the show simply wouldn't work.
3. It's enduring popularity.
Not only is the source novel a classic piece of adventure literature, and the Hitchcock film (on which the show is based) a brilliantly executed example of clever story-telling - but the play has now been running in the West End for 6 years, and had several successful tours.
4. It's hilarious.
From the numerous movie references and clever visual gags, to the moments of broad slapstick and occasional fake chicken, the play is a laugh a minute - yet the adventure story is never compromised and provides a real backbone for the laughs to hang on. My character needs to remain serious throughout and I still find that a genuine challenge amongst the madness!
5. There's something for everyone.
Whether you're an old romantic, a thrill-seeker, or you just want an evening of light-hearted escapism - The 39 Steps doesn't disappoint. Its wonderfully nostalgic take on "Britishness" appeals to a wide audience because what it has in abundance is charm - but if all that fails, you can always just marvel at my spiffing pencil moustache!
The 39 Steps is at the Manchester Opera House from 4 - 9 March
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