Start Date: 04-02-2020
End Date: 08-02-2020
Drama Comedy Thriller
Author: Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original Concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
Director: John Goodrum
Chris Sheridan - Richard Hannay
Anna Mitcham - Annabella Schmidt/ Pamela/ Margaret
Susan Earnshaw - otherparts
Karen Henson - other parts
John Goodrum - Director and Designer
David Gilbrook - Sound Designer
Sarah Wynne-Kordas, Conal Walsh, Juliette Strobel - Stage Management
Pete Siddon - Set Realisation
Background to Production:
The 39 Steps is a parody adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production of a four-actor version of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. Patrick Barlow rewrote this adaptation in 2005 and it was first performed at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in 2005.
The play's concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress (or sometimes actor) plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. This often requires lightning fast quick-changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once. Thus the film's serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.
Items of Interest in the Programme:
The Thursday performance was followed by a game in the style of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", performed in the bar by members of the cast.