The play follows the Hitchcock movie plot pretty faithfully and there's a clever mix of effects, movement and acting which allows for the transition of each stage of Richard Hannay's thrilling and fast-moving tale.
The show is billed as 4 actors playing 130 characters over 100 minutes. The three female roles - the predatory Annabella Schmidt, the innocent Margaret and the 'do-right' Pamela - are played by Catherine Bailey.
|Catherine Bailey plays Pamela, love interest for the protagonist, Richard Hannay|
Andrew Alexander plays Hannay with manic, John Cleese-ian fervour moving from privileged languor to adolescent awkwardness to splendidly British stoicism as Hannay evades the law, the criminal and any costume changes.
|The police chase through the train and across the roof achieves just the right mix of panicked flight|
|An early moment of hilarity from Stephen Critchlow and Ian Hughes|
It is also inordinately clever and brilliantly funny. If you are in London and fancy anything from a giggle to a guffaw, make sure you catch this.