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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Preview: 39 STEPS at NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL



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SHOW BRINGS 4 ACTORS AND 130 CHARACTERS IN JUST 100 MINUTES


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THE 39 STEPS 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL
MONDAY 25th JUNE – SATURDAY 2nd JULY 2016

The West End’s long-running show, THE 39 STEPS, comes to the Theatre Royal from 27 June to 2 July to mark the Olivier Award-Winning Comedy’s 10th anniversary.


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Based on Alfred Hitchcocks 1935 movie and John Buchan’s 1914 spy thriller The Thirty Nine Steps and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, The 39 Steps closes its tour of 24 cities in Newcastle.


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The 39 Steps follows dashing hero Richard Hannay - complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache - in a dangerous tale of cat-and-mouse from London to the Scottish Highlands.


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In this hilarious production four actors play over 130 characters in 100 minutes. The cast for this touring production are Richard Ede (the eponymous hero Hannay), Olivia Greene (the three women in Hannay’s life, Pamela, Annabella and Margaret) and the myriad of other roles are played with breath-taking speed and dexterity by Andrew Hodges and Rob Witcomb.


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After a short run at the Tricycle Theatre in London, The 39 Steps opened at the Criterion Theatre in September 2006, where it ran for 9 years, seen by over 1 million people. During that time, it attracted worldwide attention and spawned international productions in over 40 countries, including the cities of Moscow, Tokyo, New York and Paris, reaching a global audience in excess of 3 million.


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In addition to its Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, in the US the play co-won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. It won a Molière Award for Best Comedy in France, and a Helpmann Award for Best Comedy in Australia.


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The Thirty Nine Steps was also famously adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock in what is widely regarded as one of the best films from his early period. The stage production references a number of the legendary scenes from this 1935 classic movie thriller of the same name, including the chase on the Flying Scotsman train, the escape on the Forth Road Bridge and the controversial ‘stocking and suspendersscene.

Tickets:

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The 39 Steps appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 27th June – Saturday 2nd July 2016. Tickets are available from £14.50 (a booking fee of 95p - £1.95 will apply to most tickets) and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk

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