Adapted by Patrick Barlow from a novel by John Buchan, and a film by Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Catherine Field
December 13, 14, 15
The show will go on! The weather outside is not as frightful, so please join us December 13, 14, and 15 for The 39 Steps.
The box office phone number is (618) 549-5466. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday, 5 pm to 7 pm. Click the Box Office link above for more information and for online ticket purchase.
Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 PM, Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM
The striking metal art by Roberta Elliott of The Velvet Hammer, Ltd, and beautiful fiber art by Karen Linduska, are on display and can be viewed at intermission, and at times the box office is open in the Varsity lobby, which is Monday through Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and one hour before performances.
The 39 Steps mixes a Hitchcock film classic with a juicy spy novel and a dash of Monty Python-esque zaniness. It is a faced-paced blend of acting and frenetic stage craft. It is filled with puns, mysteries, laughter and suspense as Richard Hannay tries to figure out why all these people are chasing after him and what exactly are the “39 steps.”
The 39 Steps started as a World War I espionage novel by Scottish author John Buchan. It became an Alfred Hitchcock film in 1935. Then it was adapted for the stage and opened in London as a hit comedy, and went on to Broadway in 2008.
The play's concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four.