The 39 Steps Adapted by Patrick Barlow From the novel by John Buchan From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock Directed by Tom Massey
Season: 14th May - 25th June 2011 Preview night 13th May Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm Sunday matinée at 4.30pm
The Genesian Theatre was pleased to donate $2000 in box office takings from the Opening Night of The 39 Steps to the Red Cross to help provide aid to the people affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
"Already very funny on opening night, this production can only get even funnier" Neil Litchfield - Stage Whispers
"The performances were excellent ... played with a light, comic touch ... recommended" David Kary - Musefront
"delightfully silly and very, very funny." Sandra Bowden - Oz Baby Boomers
Alfred Hitchcock's film of John Buchan's classic adventure novel is brought to life on the Genesian stage in this hilarious spoof from Patrick Barlow. Bored colonial Richard Hannay is thrust into the thrilling world of international espionage when the beautiful Annabella dies in his arms, a knife in her back. Suspected of her murder he flees from the police to the Scottish moors on the track of a vicious gang of spies.
The movie is a thriller, the play is a farce. At face perhaps an apparent contradiction, but of course there is always a very fine line between the two. Crank up the tension of a thriller a notch and it immediately becomes a comedy.
That is largely what makes this play work - Hannay is a little bit more dashing, rugged and handsome, the women he meets are a little bit more beautiful and enticing, the villians even more evil and dastardly. Everything larger than life and theatrical, as after all befits a movie that is placed on stage.
With a very talented cast of four presenting several hundred characters backed up by a highly experienced production team, this fast moving farce is sure to prove hugely entertaining!
Director: Tom Massey Assistant Director: Nanette Frew Set Design: Tom Massey Costume Design: Susan Carveth & Nicola Griggs Lighting & Sound Design: Michael Schell Production Manager: Roger Gimblett
Crew: Stage Manager: Adam Campbell Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria Hoffman Lighting & Sound Operation: Mark Banks
Cast: Richard Hannay: Max Philipson Annabella / Pamela / Margaret: Lib Campbell Clown: Mark Langham Clown: Stephen Holland
Season: 5th March - 16th April 2011 Preview night 4th March Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm Sunday matinée at 4.30pm
Ticket sales from the Opening Night of Private Lives will be donated to Christchurch earthquake relief.
'That was the trouble with Elyot and me, we were like two violent acids bubbling about in a nasty little matrimonial bottle.'
Private Lives is one of Noel Coward's greatest works and is the perfect comedy for today. Written in 1930 at the height of his powers, Coward took just four days whilst convalescing in Kowloon to pen this classic tale of love's impetuous folly. Originally Coward himself played Elyot whilst his old friend Gertrude Lawrence played his foe Amanda. The original production also included Lawrence Olivier as the new husband Victor.
Elyot and Amanda, a recently divorced couple, find themselves in adjoining rooms on their honeymoon with their new partners. They find they cannot live without each other but maybe worse of all, they can't live with each other. Will they sacrifice everything for love or will they remain faithful to their new vows and partners?
As always an astute observer of human folly, this is Noel Coward at his best. Production: Director: Henry Jennings Set Design: Debbie Smith Costume Design: Susan Carveth Lighting Design: Owen Gimblett Sound Design: Michael Schell
Crew: Stage Manager: Di Henderson Lighting and Sound Operator: Ted Robinson
Cast: Amanda: Natalie Taylor Elyot: John Willis-Richards Sybil: Gina Lamprell Victor: Andrew O'Connell Maid: Susan Carveth
"Coward's wit was all his own" - NY Times Book Review
"Parodied, Pilloried, immortalised and adored, Noel Coward was the 20th century's most visible emblem of sophistication" - Philip Hoare
Directed by first time Genesian director Henry Jennings, he is looking forward to bringing this classic comedy of manners back to life. Henry is an experienced director and in 2009 was in Genesian's production of Noises Off. No stranger to comedy his credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Dead White Males and recently the delicious 1930s all girl cast of The Women.