The Thirty Nine Steps
Adapted by & Simon Corble Nobby Dimon
from the novel by John Buchan and Hitchcock's film
Click on any picture for a link to the photo gallery of the original production
"The play perfectly demonstrates why the company recently picked up the Manchester Evening News Best Special Event Award, for this is a piece of theatre with about as much energy as you can squeeze into two hours." City Life
The orginal production of The Thirty Nine Steps was created late in 1995/1996 and produced by North Country Theatre for a small scale tour of theatres and village halls in the North of England and Scotland and later toured with Midsommer Actors' Co. Click on image below for published script on Amazon (The re-adapted West End version)
READ ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THE PLAY IN THE INDEPENDENT
It has since been on an amazing journey, being produced by regional theatres such as Perth Rep and The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch; a number one tour with Charles Vance productions and now, in a re-adpated form, it is a multi-award-winning West End and Broadway hit for Fiery Angel, as well as being produced in replica productions all over the world.
Both myself and Nobby Dimon still hold the rights to produce the orginal script in small-scale, regional U.K. theatres.
A special note on the staging concept
The action takes place within a London flat in the year 1935 - The general concept is that a team of decorators take it into their heads to relieve their boredom by acting out an adventure using only their ladders and planks to suggest the sets needed.
The action of the decorators in changing the ladders or in creating the sound effects with their tools, is at least half of the show. An 1930's radio sits on stage and provides "film-like" music for the chase sequences and ladder changes.
Above: Myself as Mr. Memory, Thomas Frere as Hannay in the Midsommer Actor's tour of The 39 Steps, 1997/8