The Cast: London Criterion Theatre

ELLIE BEAVEN: Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret

GREG HAISTE: Man

NICK HOLDER: Man

BEN RIGHTON: Richard Hannay


ANDREW HODGES: Understudy Man

ANNA LAWRENCE: Understudy Annabella/Margaret/Pamela

ADAM LILLEY: Understudy Hannay

 

Ellie Beaven

Ellie BeavenTheatre credits: A MAD WORLD MY MASTERS, TITUS ANDRONICUS, CANDIDE (Royal Shakespeare Company Swan season); CHARLEY’S AUNT (the Menier Chocolate Factory); DANGEROUS CORNER, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Salisbury Playhouse); CONSTANCE (King’s Head); SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Nottingham Playhouse); RELATIVELY SPEAKING, BLACK COMEDY (Watermill); LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (New Vic); THE REAL THING (Northampton); CHILDREN NEVER SHOULD (Young Vic); THE SNOW QUEEN (Derby Playhouse and RSC); SPRING AWAKENING (In the Pit, Barbican) and DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (Barbican).

Television: ENDEAVOUR, three series of DOWN TO EARTH, MY FAMILY, HOLBY CITY, EASTENDERS, CASUALTY, DOCTORS, THE LAUGHTER OF GOD and THE WILD HOUSE (all BBC); WAVELENGTH, POPETOWN and ROCKET TO THE MOON (ITV).

Film: LES MISÉRABLES (Working Title); BUSTER (NFH) and ARTHUR’S DYKE (BBC Films).

Radio: HAMLET, EMMA, CLARISSA, DRACULA, PLENTY, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, RUMPOLE AND THE TEENAGE WEREWOLF and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (all for BBC Radio 4).

 

Greg Haiste

Greg HaisteGreg trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Northampton Royal Theatre); LOW PAY? DON’T PAY! (Salisbury Playhouse/Told by an Idiot); Costard the Fool in LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST for Sir Peter Hall (the Rose Theatre, Kingston); LYSISTRATA (AOD/the Rose Theatre); the Morecambe-and-Wise-inspired Olivier Award-winning THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE (national tour); THE MISSIONARY’S POSITION (Penny Dreadful Theatre); ALL IN THE TIMING (Peepolykus); RELATIVELY SPEAKING and BLACK COMEDY (Watermill, Newbury); THE LADY IN THE VAN, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, HAMLET and THE ACCRINGTON PALS (West Yorkshire Playhouse); THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); THE TEMPEST (Southwark Playhouse); AWAY and EUROPE (Traverse, Edinburgh); SERVICES (Gate Theatre, London) and IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (national tour).

Film and TV credits include: SEE HOW THEY RUN, HEARTBEAT, JANE HALL, EMMERDALE, and TOUCH ME, I’M KAREN TAYLOR.

Radio includes the Writers’ Guild Award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy FAGS, MAGS AND BAGS.

Greg also enjoys writing and performing as not the female half of the character comedy double act Haiste and Lawrence.

 

Nick Holder

Nick HolderNick Holder’s work in theatre includes: LONDON ROAD, SOUTH PACIFIC, SWEENEY TODD, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, THE MISER and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (National Theatre); THE WINTER’S TALE, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, THE BEGGAR’S OPERA and AS YOU LIKE IT (RSC); INTO THE WOODS (Donmar); RICHARD III and THE MUSIC MAN (Open Air, Regent’s Park); LITTLE FISH and A DAY AT THE RASCISTS (Finborough); ASSASSINS (Union) and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, LES MISÉRABLES and MISS SAIGON (West End).

TV includes: PARADE’S END, THE GAME, BY ANY MEANS, SOME GIRLS, PSYCHOVILLE, RESPECTABLE (FALLEN), HOLBY CITY, PLANESPOTTING, BORN AND BRED, DOCTORS, ‘ORRIBLE, EASTENDERS, LONDON’S BURNING and THE FAST SHOW.

Films include: LES MISÉRABLES, THE WORLD’S END, ANNA KARENINA, BROKEN, CLUBBED, LADY GODIVA: BACK IN THE SADDLE, SEX LIVES OF THE POTATO MEN, FOUR FEATHERS, THE FINAL CURTAIN, THE CRIMINAL and EVITA.

Ben Righton

Ben RightonTheatre includes: Stanhope in JOURNEY’S END (New Ambassadors Theatre); Prince Richard in KING OF HEARTS (Out of Joint); James Morland/Frederick Tilney in NORTHANGER ABBEY (Salisbury Playhouse); 66 BOOKS - PROVERBS (the Bush) and Alex in GUY FAWKES NIGHT (The Old Vic - 24 Hour Plays).

Television work includes: DOCTOR WHO series three and four (BBC); BONES (Fox Television); POIROT, JOE MADDISON’S WAR, LEWIS and LAW & ORDER (ITV).

Radio includes: Bennett in ANOTHER COUNTRY and Risley in MAURICE (both for BBC Radio 4).

Films include: A GOOD YEAR, FLAWLESS, INTO THE STORM, CUCKOO, and THE PATROL Feature.

 

 

Andrew Hodges

Andrew HodgeAndrew trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His credits include a number of Shakespearean roles including Bottom, Hortensio, Charles the Wrestler, Antonio, Falstaff, Demetrius and Macbeth. From 2006 to 2010 he performed in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR and AS YOU LIKE IT to worldwide audiences whilst touring with TNT Theatre and GB Theatre. Other stage credits include A CHRISTMAS CAROL (TNT); HARMONY OF THE SPHERES (Trinity College); GUTBUSTERS (Etcetera Theatre) and ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Oxford Shakespeare Co.) Andrew has appeared on screen in More4’s IRAQ: THE BLOODY CIRCUS, MAVERICK BLUES (Rapid Pictures) and has advertised for Tesco and IBM. He has also presented a BBC HANDS ON HISTORY film on how to study history. Andrew has recently finished the UK tour of THE 39 STEPS for Fiery Angel as understudy Man, and is very happy to be returning to the role, this time in the West End. Andrew is also currently studying for an MA at UCL in Medieval History.

 

Anna Lawrence

Anna LawrenceAnna trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes: understudy Annabella Schmidt/Margaret/Pamela in THE 39 STEPS (UK tour); Rose Seller/understudy Nancy in OLIVER! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Liesl in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (the First Group Theatre, Dubai, and BIECC, Bahrain) and ensemble/understudy Liesl in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (UK national tour). Voice-overs include: campaigns for Peppa Pig, Marks and Spencer, Vodafone, Kia and Disney. Anna is delighted to be joining the West End cast of THE 39 STEPS.

 

Adam Lilley

Adam LilleyAdam trained at East 15 Acting School. Theatre credits include: understudy Richard Hannay in THE 39 STEPS (UK tour); Valet and understudy Bertie in THE KING’S SPEECH (Wyndham’s/UK tour); Maurice Hall in MAURICE (2010 off-West End Award nomination for Best Male Performance; Above the Stag); Paul in COMPANY (Rose and Crown, Walthamstow); Silvius in AS YOU LIKE IT and Abbess in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Frank Hunter in THE BROWNING VERSION (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Worthy in THE RELAPSE (Corbett Theatre).

* We watched the 3 pmn Wednesday matinee yesterday The cast of 4 (and an arm!) pulled out all the stops. We have seen lots in the West End but this one is in the top 3 - we LOVED it. Marvellous crew - carry on! - deborah oxley, The Criterion, London * Came to London and saw a few shows during my holiday. This one was by the far the best! The clever improvisation, the sharp wit and the brilliant actors had me totally absorbed from start to finish. I am coming back to London (I live in Spain) in November and I plan to go and see it again. I have never laughed so much in my life! Well done to everyone involved for such a wonderful evening of excellent entertainment. PS Tried to find the stage door after to thank the actors personally- but it seems to be well hidden! - Helene Atterbury, London Criterion * a wonderful surprise from my son.. superb acting and really enjoyable, beautiful theatre -- thank you - - jean macdonald, criteriontheatre * Absolutely brilliant - some real belly laughs and giggle fits. Very clever and just the right amount of acknowledgement of the audience in terms of the in-jokes. Non-native speaking English may miss some of the inuendos and wit but there is enough there for everyone with a sense of humour. I would watch it again tomorrow if I went back to London. - Tony Ryan, Criterion, London * What an amazing play, would love to see it again, It always had me laughing, even on the way home, and even now, giggle giggle. - Lewis farrell-birtley, Criterion Theatre, oxford circus * Wonderful show!! I had seen it before in my country, but after seeing with the excellent cast at the Criterion I found it even more brilliant!! The 39 steps is unmissable!! - Carlos Lovera, Criterion theatre, London * OMG- it was awesome! Adam Lilley was so good, excellent acting skills and I really liked Greg Haiste's facial expression, especially as the Scottish woman at the hotel. <3 - Sonia Raja, Criterion * Absolutely wonderful, thrilling piece of comedy that excited and amazed. truly incredible talents and fantastic show. Fully recommend seeing it, fun for anyone who watches it - nick tovey, the criterion * Thank you for a wonderful expereince! Thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't laughed that much in a long time! Bravo! - Sylvie Harmer, Criterion Theatre, London * What a wonderful surprise this play was, very funny, well acted and written, 2 hours flew by, didn't think of anything, was completly absorbed by the 4 actors, loved the subtle references to other Hichcock films. Would highly recommend this play. - Angela Crammer, Criterion,London *
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