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Tongue-in-cheek noir thrills as four actors deliver hundreds of characters and thousands of laughs

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock and the novel by John Buchan
Directed by Jon Halpin

Classic film noir melds seamlessly with zany comedy as Hannay clings to trains, dangles from bridges and is harried across the moors by machine-gun fire – all recreated through fiendishly inventive stage wizardry. With just four actors playing a titanic cast of 139 characters, this riotous retro spy caper is performed at breakneck speed with a knowing wink to the audience and a tip of the hat to Alfred Hitchcock and Tony Hancock.

After a record-breaking season at State Theatre Company South Australia, former Queensland Theatre Associate Director Jon Halpin returns to Brisbane to direct an all-Queensland cast including Hugh Parker and Leon Cain.

Scottish author John Buchan’s 1915 novel The Thirty-Nine Steps has spawned multiple film adaptations – most famously Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 version. 

“A dizzy and theatrical game played with wit and versatility.” The Times

Designer Ailsa Paterson 
Sound Designer Stuart Day
Lighting Designer David Murray

Cast includes Liz Buchanan, Leon Cain, Hugh Parker and Bryan Probets.


    This production contains smoke and haze, strobe lighting and use of replica guns.

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Queensland Theatre presents in association with State Theatre Company South Australia