The 39 Steps

by  Patrick Barlow, John Buchan

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! I

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adventure, Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Olivier, From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. 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! 

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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2007 LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARD - Best New Comedy

    6 Time TONY AWARD Nominee in 2008! - Best Play, Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design (winner), Best Sound Design(winner).

    WINNER! 2008 DRAMA DESK AWARD for Unique Theatrical Experience

    2009 MOLIERE FRANCE Best Comedy


Reviews

“Theatre 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, Read More

“The most entertaining show on Broadway!" - The New York Post

“Ingenuous! A dizzy delight!" - Daily News, Read More

“Riotous & marvelous!" - The New York Post, Read More

"Rollicking Fun! Hugely Entertaining!" - Sunday Times

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


"Dizzyingly entertaining show!" - A Daily Telegraph

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

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Keywords

Betrayal, Death, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Various setttings and locations througout Europe.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 1f
RICHARD HANNAY
ANNABELLA SCHMIDT/PAMELA/MARGARET
MAN #1
MAN #2
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Patrick Barlow

Besides his version of Lew Wallace’s Ben Hur, Patrick’s Olivier-nominated adaptation of A Christmas Carol has played off-Broadway and London’s West End while his 4-person adaptation of The 39 Steps has played in over forty countries world-wide, winning Olivier, Helpmann, Moliere and Tony Awards and making Patrick the m ...

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