Olivier Award-Winning Comedy, The 39 Steps, marks its 10th anniversary with a new national tour starting at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate in January.
Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 movie and John Buchan’s 1914 spy thriller, The Thirty Nine Steps, and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, this comic version features four actors, playing 130 characters in 100 hilarious minutes.
The 30 Steps follows dashing hero Richard Hannay – complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache – in a dangerous tale of cat-and-mouse from London to the Scottish Highlands.
In this hilarious production four actors play over 130 characters in 100 minutes. The cast for this touring production are Richard Ede (the eponymous hero Hannay), Olivia Greene (the three women in Hannay’s life, Pamela, Annabella and Margaret) and the myriad of other roles are played with breath-taking speed and dexterity by Andrew Hodges and Rob Witcomb.
Richard Ede’s theatre credits include A Little History of the World (Watermill , Newbury); The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Bible – Abridged and George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (Farnham Maltings).
Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps opened at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus in 2006 where it played for nine years and was seen by more than one million people, winning the Olivier Award for best new comedy.
During that time, it attracted worldwide attention and spawned international productions in over 40 countries.
The stage production references a number of the legendary scenes from this 1935 classic movie thriller of the same name, including the chase on the Flying Scotsman train, the escape on the Forth Road Bridge and the controversial ‘stocking and suspenders’ scene.
UK & IRELAND TOUR 2016
January 7-16, Royal and Derngate, Northampton January 19-23, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham January 25-30, Cambridge Arts Theatre February 1-16, Orchard Theatre, Dartford February 8-13, Theatre Royal, Bath February 16-20, Sheffield Lyceum February 22-27, Richmond Theatre February 29-March 5, Birmingham Rep March 14-19, Grand Opera House, York March 21-26, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend March 29-April 2, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin April 4-9, Liverpool Playhouse April 11-16, Lyceum Theatre, Crewe April 19-23, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh April 25-30, Theatre Royal, Plymouth May 3-7, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton May 10-14, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds May 16-21, Theatre Royal, Glasgow May 23-28, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford May 30-June 4, Wycombe Swan June 7-11, Curve Theatre, Leicester June 14-18, New Theatre, Cardiff June 21-25, The Lowry, Salford June 27-July 2, Theatre Royal, Newcastle