Preview: The 39 Steps 

‘The 39 Steps.’ Thrills, spills and raucous laughter! An excellent evening of entertainment.

Bruiser Theatre Company are bringing ‘The 39 Steps’ to the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. The co-production with the Lyric opens on Tuesday 29 March to Saturday 16 April 2016.

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The 39 Steps is 100 minutes of comedic fun brought together with thrilling action as four actors play 139 roles in this gripping whodunit

The play is based on the 1935 adventure film of the same name. Michael Johnston debuts as our dashing hero ‘Hannay;’ actress Hannah Brackstone-Brown plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements; Michael Condron and Liam Jeavons play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. This often requires lightning fast quick-changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once. Thus the film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest
Memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, ‘The 39 Steps’ has been brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage. This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

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Bruiser will create an incredibly fast-paced romp through the story of Hitchcock‘s film. It is a pastiche, an affectionate and very funny transposition of the film on to the stage. The film contains set pieces that are iconic: the train top chase, the Forth Bridge escape, Mr Memory at the Palladium, the stockings scene.

Much of the joy of the show is in seeing these moments recreated through the physicality and vocal talent of its cast. It is also an evocative tribute to the 1930’s era of cold mists (dry ice is liberally utilised), steam engines and a clearly demarcated social system where people know their place. At its centre, is the story of a man‘s personal quest to find self-fulfilment.

The 39 Steps was the Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007 and is now a global hit. The play appeals to cinemagoers, Hitchcock fans, film buffs who want the experience of a West End show.

‘The 39 Steps’ is directed by Bruiser’s Artistic Director, the vivacious Lisa May in her energetic directorial style of choosing great stories with exceptional characters; Lisa commented: “This is Bruiser’s first co-production with The Lyric; Bruiser’s loyal audiences will experience this great play in this stunning theatre; we believe this collaboration will bring the Bruiser style to fans of the Lyric stage, for us it is a winning formula. The 39 Steps is a uproariously jolly and joyous version of the Hitchcock classic; the play is fast-paced and suits Bruiser’s physical theatre style which includes lots of action and comedic undertones, there is never a dull moment.”

Jimmy Fay Executive Producer, The Lyric Theatre stated: “The 39 Steps is a madcap, hilarious 1930s spy caper, and it’s the perfect co-production for the Lyric and Bruiser. It was one of the most successful shows of recent years in London’s West End, and I’m sure audiences in Northern Ireland will love it too.”

This clever set, moody lighting and elegant, smart-cut costume depicts the 1930’s era perfectly. The play will take the audience on a journey of its wannabe hero, all the way from middle-class London up to the misty, Scottish glens.

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Tickets range from £10.00.

‘The 39 Steps’ is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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