Comedy take on Hitchcock spy thriller

The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps

A long running Olivier award winning comedy is marking its 10th anniversary with a new tour which starts at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate.

The 39 Steps features four actors playing 130 characters in 100 minutes. It is based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie and John Buchan’s spy thriller of the same name.

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

It can be seen from Thursday January 7 to Saturday January 16 on the Royal stage.

The 39 Steps follows dashing hero Richard Hannay - complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache – in a dangerous tale of cat-and-mouse from London to the Scottish Highlands.

The cast for this touring production are Richard Ede (the eponymous hero Hannay), Olivia Greene (the three women in Hannay’s life, Pamela, Annabella and Margaret) and the myriad of other roles are played with breath-taking speed and dexterity by Andrew Hodges and Rob Witcomb.

Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps opened at the Tricycle in 2006 and the same year transferred to the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus where it played for nine years and won the Olivier Award for best new comedy.

In 2008 The 39 Steps was produced on Broadway where it was nominated for the Tony Award for best play. It attracted worldwide attention and spawned international productions in over 40 countries, including the cities of Moscow, Tokyo, New York and Paris, reaching a global audience in excess of three million.

The 39 Steps is directed by Maria Aitken, with design by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Ian Scott, sound by Mic Pool (who was sound designer for Royal & Derngate’s recent production Gaslight), and movement by Toby Sedgwick.

Tickets for the show cost from £13.50 and £31. To book call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit