Broadway-Aimed London Hit The 39 Steps Nabs Original Star for Boston Cast

News   Broadway-Aimed London Hit The 39 Steps Nabs Original Star for Boston Cast Original London star Charles Edwards will head the cast for the Broadway-bound Hitchcockian thriller The 39 Steps to play at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company.

Rachel Pickup and Charles Edwards in The 39 Steps.
Rachel Pickup and Charles Edwards in The 39 Steps. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Maria Aitkin, director of the original London production, reprises her role for the Boston run, set to start Sept. 14. It will play at the company's Boston University Theatre mainstage through Oct. 14.

Patrick Barlow's adaptation of The 39 Steps is based on the best-selling novel penned by John Buchan in 1915 and then adapted for the big screen for the Alfred Hitchcock 1935 film. The 39 Steps is billed as "a hilarious whodunit, part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy."

"Shots ring out across a crowded theatre and Richard Hannay is lured into a world of intrigue by a mysterious woman claiming to be a spy," read show notes. "When she winds up dead in his flat, he flees London with the police and a secret organization – called The 39 Steps – hot on his trail."

The four actors playing more than 150 roles will feature original London star Charles Edwards (as Richard Hannay), Jennifer Ferrin (as Annabella, Pamela and Margaret) with Cliff Saunders and Arnie Burton as the clowns.

The work was first seen at London's Tricycle Theatre in 2006. A Huntington press release states, "After its American premiere at the Huntington, The 39 Steps will be produced on Broadway by Bob Boyett."

After its bow at Tricycle, The 39 Steps transferred to The West End's Criterion Theatre and earned the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Tickets to The 39 Steps at the Huntington's B. U. Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave. in Boston, MA, are available by phone at (617) 266-0800 or online at www.huntingtontheatre.org.

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