Vintage birthday party for The 39 Steps

By Rosanna Holmes,
10th September 2010 - 15:37

Natasha Goodfellow steps out in style at The Criterion Theatre 
A few weeks back the lovely Naomi of Vintage Secret emailed me. 'I'm organising a party to celebrate the 4th birthday of 'The 39 Steps' in the West End,' she wrote. 'Would you like to come?'

'Do vintage girls wear stockings?' I thought as I replied like a shot. So last night I donned my vintage finest, piled my hair atop my head with nary a thought for those who might be sitting behind me and hopped on the tube to the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly where the lobby was packed with dapper gents in waistcoats and neat moustaches and red-lipsticked ladies with long strings of pearls.

Billed as 'London's funniest comedy thriller' it didn't disappoint, as a cast of just four brilliantly told the story of the dashing Richard Hannay, out to uncover a German spy ring while at the same time trying to clear his name of murder. Using precious few props and a healthy dollop of slapstick, there were races along the tops of trains, man-hunts across Scottish moors and even, with a spectacular bit of lighting trickery, a disastrous plane crash. I could watch it again tomorrow!

After the curtain fell, the fun continued in the theatre's beautiful Greene Bar, where Naomi and friends had laid on a fantastic do. There were delicious cup-cakes from The Vintage Patisserie; vintage make-overs by Lipstick and Curls and Vintage Secret's fab haberdashery bar, bursting with scarves, gloves and old fashion mags to leaf through.

The highlight for me, though, was when award-winning blogger Fleur de Guerre told me how there had almost been a disaster with the sandwich preparation. Just as the tower of cucumber fingers had been artfully arranged on a tray, the props manager dashed into the kitchen in a flap. Turns out the tray was in fact an essential prop for the play!    

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