The 39 Steps

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Based on John Buchan’s book which was superbly filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935 has finally been adapted in a thrilling production for the stage.

The 39 Steps is without doubt the smallest, epic stage production to land on the London stage with 4 actors playing more than 139 parts. It’s all played for laughs as actors sometimes play several characters and even the odd inanimate object. All of the great scenes from the film are staged including a chase on The Flying Scotsman, and the Forth Bridge escape.

On Broadway the show became the longest-running play in seven years and the original London production is now in its 7th year. If you loved The Reduced Shakespeare Company or are a fan of Monty Python you’ll love The 39 Steps.

The author of the book, John Buchan, was a Scottish diplomat who was named Governor General of Canada just as “The 39 Steps” was released. The author was said to be horrified at first when he heard what Hitchcock had done to his story but after seeing the film, was quite pleased. The tale was based on the real life of General Edmund Ironside – a member of British Intelligence.

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Annabella Schmidt / Pamela/ Margaret – Alix Dunmore
Man – Tim Frances
Richard Hannay – Richard Galazka
Man – Daniel Tuite

Adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow
Director – Maria Aitken
Designer – Peter Mackintosh
Lighting Designer – Ian Scott
Sound Designer – Mic Pool
Movement Director – Toby Sedgwick
Associate Director – Lucy Skilbeck
Assistant Director – James Farrell

Using the techniques of physical theatre, a host of quick changes, and a non-stop succession of gags both ancient and modern, this witty piece has made a welcome transfer to the West End after earlier runs in Leeds and Kilburn, north London
Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

Sunday Express

Hugely entertaining…Clever, witty, ingenious
Sunday Times

The thrills may be meagre in this murder mystery, but the theatrical tomfoolery is to die for.
Brian Logan, The Guardian

What the West End has been waiting for
The Observer

2007 Olivier Awards
Best New Comedy

2008 Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Lighting Design – Kevin Adams
Unique Theatrical Experience

2008 Tony Awards
Best Lighting Design of a Play – Kevin Adams
Best Sound Design of a Play – Mic Pool

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