The Thirty Nine Steps is an adventure story written by John Buchan, introducing the character of Richard Hannay.   It has been both a successful book, the subject of several feature films (the first directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935) as well as being adapted for both television, radio as well as for the stage.

The stage play, adapted by Patrick Barlow, is a humourous take on the story, and is played for laughs.   The comedy is similar to Barlow’s National Theatre of Brent double-act and could also be classed as mildly Python-esque in style.    The stage play is designed to be performed with just four actors, one playing Richard Hannay, the other three swapping roles and costumes in rapid succession, even becoming props or scenery along the way.

The stage play has won both the Laurence Olivier award for best new comedy in 2007 and a Tony award for best play in 2008.

Great Hall Players staged their adaption at the Noverre Suite of the Assembly Rooms in March 2012.  It was directed by Malcolm Robinson.

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