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The 39 Steps


Patrick Barlow

Directed by Celia Bonner

At Gawsworth Open Air Theatre: 2nd - 4th July 2015.
In Styal Mill Gardens: 10th, 11th July 2015.

The 39 Steps is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. This splendid spoof 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 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. It means we're watching two stories at once. There is Buchan's ripping yarn, which somehow survives the irreverent treatment, and there is the story of four actors earnestly trying to tell the tale.
Rehearsal photographs
Richard HannayIan Chatterton
Annabella/Pamela/MargaretLorna Kong
Clown/Man 1Geoff Bird
Clown/Man 2Jim Gillespie
Stage ManagerSteve Williamson
ASMsChristine Unwin, Josh Neary, Vicky Bourne
PromptBelinda Coglan
PropsColette Fitton, Helen Bingle
LightingBruce Williams
SoundMark Seyler
WardrobeDi James, Linda Batson
Rehearsal photographsChris Hills
SignsTom Thistleton