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Stewkley Players' dress rehearsal for their production of The 39 Steps
Stewkley Players' dress rehearsal for their production of The 39 Steps

Two amateur theatre groups have chosen The 39 Steps for their next production.

The Stewkley Players, who celebrate their 60th anniversary alter this year, are performing the show for their 113th production.

There’s just time to catch the show, which is described as’fantastically funny’, at Stewkley Village Hall from Wednesday to Saturday, at 8pm. To book, call 07845 4889167.

If you can’t make this week, there’s another chance to see The 39 Steps, when the Banbury Cross Players take to the stage at the Mill Arts Centre from April 22 to 25.

An exciting and fast moving spoof on Buchan’s novel and Hitchcock’s movie, Patrick Barlow’s adaptation will have you rolling in the aisles, they say.

From an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, the show is performed in the style of a ‘B’ movie, with four actors playing dozens of parts and you, the audience, left guessing as to how many Hitchcock films are seen, mentioned or referred to.

Experience shootings, plane and train crashes, villains with missing fingers and a daring escape over the Forth Road Bridge.

Thecult tale is also the love story of a man and woman who have never fallen in love before. Each discover a reason to love and be loved – whilst running through the Scottish mist and clinging to bridges.

The Players’ production team have been hard at work supporting the cast of four, with filming sessions, prop building and gathering the vast array of costumes for the four actors who play a multitude of different characters.

A live ‘orchestra’ will perform many of the sound effects called for in the show.

Tickets £12/£11 from The Mill box office on 01295 279002 or at www.themillartscentre.co.uk/cms/event/59551