The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the film by Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Sean Duxbury
Audition - 1st December at Chorley Little Theatre starting at 3pm
Production Dates - Monday 28 April 2014 - Saturday 3 May 2014
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a rip-snorting whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! 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! This multi-award winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 characters (to be played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!
Richard Hannay: a dashing leading man (a la original star Robert Donat) entangled in the adventure of a lifetime, as he becomes a fugitive on the run to save his own life and foil the spy ring that is trying to silence him.
Annabella Schmidt/Margaret/Pamela: a versatile actress to play three roles a la a young leading lady from the black-and-white films of the 1930s; Annabella is a mysterious alluring German spy; Margaret is young, shy, sheltered, very pretty Scottish wife of an older country farmer; Pamela is our spunky, independent, and very beautiful young British heroine.
Clown 1 & Clown 2: two character males to share in playing some 150 other roles. What more can I say! Great roles that call for excellent comic timing - must be adept with multiple accents.
I have a number of scripts for anyone who wishes to audition but can also send scanned copies of the audition pieces. For anyone who has a script (or borrows one) the audition pieces are (pages quoted are from the Samuel French Acting edition):
Richard Hannah – Pgs 9-10 & 23-24
Annabella/Margaret/Pamela – Pgs 17-18 (Annabella), Pgs 46-47 (Margaret)
Clown 1 & 2 – Pgs 11-12 (Compere), Pgs 26-27 (Salesman 1) & Pgs 43-44 (Crofter)