London Hit Comedy The 39 Steps Has Broadway Plans

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Patrick Barlow's adaptation of The 39 Steps — which recently played in London — will head to Broadway following its run at the 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

The Boston-based theatre company — where the show will enjoy a pre-Broadway run (Sept. 14-Oct. 14) — announced the forthcoming transfer of the work that 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 London's Tricycle, The 39 Steps transferred to The West End's Criterion Theatre and earned the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

A best-selling novel penned by John Buchan in 1915 and then adapted for the big screen 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."

Maria Aitkin — director of the original London production — reprises her role for the Boston tryout of the staging, which features four actors playing more than 150 roles.

Casting has not yet been announced. The U.K. runs featured Catherine McCormack, Rupert Degas, Charles Edwards and Simon Gregor.

For more information about the Huntington Theatre Company production, call (617) 266-0800.

Catherine McCormack, Charles Edwards, Simon Gregor and Rupert Degas in the London production of <i>The 39 Steps</i>.
Catherine McCormack, Charles Edwards, Simon Gregor and Rupert Degas in the London production of The 39 Steps. Photo by Tristram Kenton
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