The 39 Steps is a parody adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production of a four-actor version of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. Patrick Barlow rewrote this adaptation in 2005.
The play’s concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress (or sometimes actor) plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. This often requires lightning fast quick-changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once. Thus the film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.
Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Limited
John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock:
Adapted by: Patrick Barlow
Original Concept of Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
Directed by: MARKO JURAGA
Scenography: TOMISLAV RUSZKOWSKI
Costumes: ELVIRA ULIP
Illustrations: DALIBOR TALAJIĆ
Music: ANITA ANDREIS
RICHARD HANNAY: Goran Malus
ANNABELLA SCHMIDT / PAMELA / MARGARET: Jasna Palić Picukarić
Guy 1: Davor Svedružić
Guy 2: Saša Buneta
Premiered on October 12th 2018. in Kontesa (Comedy Theatre) in Zagreb, Croatia.
More themes from the show: jazz noir, comic, love and action music themes composed by Anita Andreis.