The 39 Steps

Weymouth Pavilion 19th – 21st April

Rehearsals have started on Patrick Barlow’s hilarious adaption of John Buchan’s novel The 39 Steps. The play ran for several years in London to great critical acclaim and successfully toured the country.

The professional production had four cast members, primarily for economic reasons. The four actors played all the roles in the play which added a further comic dimension. Weymouth Drama Club’s production will feature eleven actors, some familiar faces and some new members, who will tackle the author’s estimated 250 characters. This will still involve the cast playing many roles and some quick character changes.

The script of the play is based on Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic 1936 film. It not only brings out the drama of the film but also the comic and at times slap-stick elements of the story. It remains faithful to Buchan’s theme in the original novel of the thin veneer of civilisation in society.

In addition, the play makes many references to Hitchcock’s films, both overtly, naming titles in the script and also covertly by referring to his films in the use of music, sound and actions.

When you come and watch the play see how many Hitchcock film titles you can spot!

The play will be presented at the Weymouth Pavilion on the 19th to 21st April. Part of the action is set in the theatre itself.

Tickets are now on sale at the Pavilion box office, price £12.50 each. Telephone the box office on 01305 783225 or book on-line by clicking on the link below:

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