'The 39 Steps' at the Genesian Theatre





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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


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!

"A joyous version of the Hitchcock classic" - Sunday Times

"Exactly the thing the West End has been waiting for" - The Observer

"Impossible not to enjoy" - Metro

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

Stage Manager: Adam Campbell
Lighting & Sound Operation: Mark Banks

Richard Hannay: Max Philipson
Annabella / Pamela / Margaret: Lib Campbell
Clown: Mark Langham
Clown: Stephen Holland

By special arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd


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