Synopsis

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps $12.99

Patrick Barlow from John Buchan & Alfred Hitchcock

Published by Samuel French

3 Male 1 Female

Winner of two Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Award and the Best New Comedy Laurence Olivier Award, The 39 Steps is Broadway's longest running comedy

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!

It's packed with non-stop laughs, with over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

The plot concerns a man with a boring life who meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy

When he takes her home, she is murdered and soon a mysterious organization called The 39 Steps is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale!

A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

REVIEWS

"A wonderful triumph of theatre!" ~ BBC Radio 4

"It's really not so much about a spoof of Hitchcock, which it is, of course; it's really an homage to the theater

Not the contemporary theater, where mermaids traverse the stage on wheels and gargantuan mechanical sets get bigger applause than the actors, but the nostalgic version that survives on greasepaint and hammy actors ... a valentine to that kind of creativity and imagination, of doing so much with so little" ~ The New York Times

"Theater at its finest ... Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock's film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands" ~ The New York Times

"The most entertaining show on Broadway!" ~ The New York Post

"Riotous & Marvelous!" ~ Clive Barnes, The New York Post

"Rollicking Fun! Hugely Entertaining!" ~ Sunday Times

"Clever, very funny, imaginative and brilliantly acted!" ~ The Guardian

"Dizzyingly entertaining show!" ~ Daily Telegraph

NOTE : For an Audio CD of the original CBC 1947 broadcast click here

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