39 reasons to see this hit show

The Thirty Nine Steps ''Photo by Dan Tsantilis
The Thirty Nine Steps ''Photo by Dan Tsantilis

The hit West End show The 39 Steps is currently on an acclaimed UK tour and will be performed at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from July 15-20.

Based on John Buchan’s classic 1915 spy thriller The Thirty Nine Steps, and adapted for the stage by actor and writer Patrick Barlow, the Olivier and Tony Award winning production proved popular on its last visit to the venue.

Follow our handsome hero Richard Hannay in this blissfully funny comedy thriller featuring four fearless actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun.

Complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and devastatingly beautiful women, The 39 Steps is a must see.

The 39 Steps is directed by Maria Aitken, with design by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Ian Scott, sound by Mic Pool and movement by Toby Sedgwick.

The 39 Steps has played all over the world in countries including Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Spain, South Africa, South America and Turkey. The production has also run on Broadway and toured North America.

The 39 Steps has won many awards including an Olivier and Whatonstage.com for Best Comedy, two Tony Awards for Best Lighting and Best Sound Design, two Drama Desk Awards for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Lighting and the Molière award for Best Comedy.

It features a tour-de-force from its four actors, who perform a dizzingly wide range of roles, transforming at double quick speed into their latest part and keeping up the high energy levels throughout in this riproaring tribute of a show to one of the most famous of all British adventure stories.

Buchan’s tale has been filmed three times, with Robert Donat, Kenneth More and Robert Powell taking the role of Hannay.

More recently a BBC1 adaptation starred Rupert-Penry-Jones in the starring role.

Ticket details for this theatre version of The 39 Steps are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.

n Don’t forget that the popular Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season will return to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham later this month to perform an eagerly-awaited selection of plays.

The four-week season gets under way from July 29-August 3 with Murder Live!, by Mary Elliott Nelson.

From August 5-10, the venue plays host to a production of The Gentle Hook by Francis Durbridge, whose work has always been well-received by Classic Thriller Season audiences.

Murder Mistaken, by Janet Green, can be seen from August 12-17 and then the season is all set to conclude with Murderer, by Anthony Shaffer, running from August 19-24.

In true Shaffer style, the lines between truth and reality become blurred in this twisting comedy thriller.