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39 Steps, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

39 Steps, The

Patrick Barlow, John Buchan

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573697142

Winner! 2 Tony® and Drama Desk Awards, 2008
Winner! Best New Comedy, Laurence Olivier Award, 2007

"A wonderful triumph of theatre!" -BBC Radio 4

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Adventure, Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - Various setttings and locations througout Europe. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, Olivier, From Broadway, From West End

WINNER! 2007 LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARD - Best New Comedy

6 Time TONY AWARD Nominee in 2008! - Best Play, Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design,
Best Lighting Design (winner), Best Sound Design(winner).

WINNER! 2008 DRAMA DESK AWARD for Unique Theatrical Experience

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure! 


REVIEWS

“Theatre at its finest!... Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock's film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands."- The New York Times, Read More

“Ingenuous! A dizzy delight!" - Daily News, Read More

"Riotous...marvelous!" - The New York Post, Read More

"Rollicking Fun! Hugely Entertaining!" - Sunday Times

"A wonderful triumph of theatre!" - BBC Radio 4


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The 39 Steps premiered on Broadway in January of 2008, under the direction of Maria Aitken.
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CASTING

3m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

RICHARD HANNAY
ANNABELLA SCHMIDT/PAMELA/MARGARET
MAN #1
MAN #2
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Author(s)
Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow is renowned forhis four-person adaptation of The 39 Steps which has played inover forty countries world-wide. It has won Olivier, Helpmann,Moliere and Tony Awards and made Patrick the most performedplaywright in America for 2012. Patrick is celebrated in the UKfor his two-man theatre company National Theatre of Brent,whose comedy epics include Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Charles ... view full profile

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Reviews
Darla Jones 4/8/2016 7:25 PM
Phil Holmer 1/5/2016 6:20 PM
Obviously, this is written to be done as a broad, sometimes slapstick, comedy.  But I can also see it done as a thriller, albeit a lighthearted one. As written, for four actors, it can't help but be a comedy. An expanded cast would be required to do it as a straight mystery. Either way, a great play.
Melinda O'Brien 10/15/2015 1:52 PM
Challenging play, but really terrific.

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