The hit Whatsonstage.com and Olivier Award-winning West End comedy, The 39 Steps , celebrated a cast change at Franco’s last night (29 October 2007), after a performance at the Criterion Theatre, where the production is currently booking through until 7 June 2008.

Simon Day (Anything Goes, The Coast of Utopia), Josefina Gabrielle (Chicago, Oklahoma! and Martyn Ellis (Whatsonstage.com Award winner for Guys and Dolls) now star with original cast member Simon Gregor in Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of John Buchan’s whodunit, memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935.

The four actors play “150 roles” between them to tell the tale of London bachelor Richard Hannay fleeing to Scotland and breaking a spy ring to prove his innocence after a woman is found murdered in his home. Day takes over from Robert Portal as Hannay, with Gabrielle and Ellis replacing Rachel Pickup and Jimmy Chisholm (See News, 20 Mar 2007). Maria Aitken directs.

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For Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for The 39 Steps cast change after-party at Franco's last night. Among those present were Samantha Bond, Alexander Hanson and Imogen Stubbs as well as the complete new cast and designer Peter McKintosh.

- by Tom Atkins