The 39 Steps

An Alfred Hitchcock Thriller with a Twist of Monty Python and The Marx Brothers

Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to London who becomes a murder suspect, goes on the run, and endeavors to prevent a spy ring from stealing British military secrets. Bored with his life, Hannay heads to the theatre, where he meets an exotic woman who claims she’s a spy. Within hours, she is mysteriously murdered in his apartment and he’s on the run, pursued by a dangerous secret order.

The 39 Steps, by Patrick Barlow, is a parody adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. On stage, just four actors perform all the characters from the original Hitchcock film. The play is packed with romance, thrills, unforgettable characters, and ingenious stagecraft. Hitchcock fans will recognize references from some of his greatest thrillers, such as North by Northwest, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, and Strangers on a Train, but all presented with a comedic twist.

The cast and designers magically recreate on-stage scenes from Hitchcock films: a chase across the top of a fast-moving train, a harrowing leap from the Forth Bridge, a jaunt across foggy moors, dive-bombing airplanes, and a pandemonium at the London Palladium. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this fast-paced, zany, hilarious comedy.

The play runs January 14-16 and 18-22. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:30pm, and Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale January 5 and will be available online at or by calling the box office between 7-9pm on weekday evenings at 724-287-6781.