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The 39 Steps – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Patrick Barlow From an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon Director: Chris Jordan Designer: Julie Godfrey Reviewer: Ron Simpson In 1995 Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon of the small-scale theatre group, North Country Theatre, came up with a unique take on the classic adventure tale, The 39 Steps.  Audiences in North Yorkshire, very often in village halls, ...

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The 39 Steps – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Patrick Barlow Adapted from Alfred Hitchcock’s film Director: Paul Robinson Designer: Helen Coyston Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s good to see The 39 Steps back in North Yorkshire, in a production full of zip and imagination. Just over 20 years ago Richmond-based North Country Theatre toured Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble’s version for just four actors to huge success. Then ...

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The 39 Steps – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Patrick Barlow from the book by John Buchan Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight John Buchan’s book, The Thirty-Nine Steps was a trailblazer in many ways – Buchan described it as his first “shocker”, in which the events, twists and turns are barely believable, and it set the standard for the “man on the run” plotline. The hero, Richard ...

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The 39 Steps – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: John Buchan Adapted by: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Iain Sykes Since its first publication just over a century ago, John Buchan’s adventure spy novel, The 39 Steps, has not only formed the basis for several films but also this spoof stage production which is itself celebrating over a decade in the spotlight. Adapted by Patrick Barlow but ...

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The 39 Steps – New Theatre, Cardiff

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Book: John Buchan Adaptor: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer:Jaclyn Martin   “What are the 39 steps?” – this is the question our hero, Richard Hanney, spends the play trying to answer. After a mysterious woman gets stabbed in the back in his West End apartment, Hanney finds himself embroiled in a dizzying journey to exonerate himself from murder. It ...

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The 39 Steps – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adaptor: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Advertised as Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, The 39 Steps, what is on the stage of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre would be more accurately described as a derivation from John Buchan’s novel of the same name. A “shocker” as he himself described it. This first appeared in serial form ...

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The 39 Steps – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble &Nobby Dimon Director: Maria Aitken Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Rich Jevons The main novelty of The 39 Steps, is that all roles in this farcical thriller are played by just four performers. Winning an Olivier Award for Best Comedy and after nine years in the West End, ...

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The 39 Steps – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble &Nobby Dimon Director: James Farrell Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Patrick Barlow’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning take on John Buchan’s classic tale of derring do, The 39 Steps, has been doing the rounds in its current form since 2006. Based the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film version, ...

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