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In the Spotlight Series: 39 Steps

Adapted by Tony nominated author Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, and based on the book by John Buchan and the classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, 39 Steps is currently playingat the Union Square Theatre.39 Steps is a comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, with only 4 'insanely talented' actors portraying more than 150 characters, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye. The brilliantly madcap story follows our dashing heroRichard Hannay Robert Petkoff as he races to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name. The show's uproarious fast-paced 100 minutes promises to leave you gasping for breath... in a good way It's fun for everyone from 9 to 99.Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the company in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographerWalter McBride
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Photo Coverage: The 39 Steps Returns to NYC; Go Inside Opening Night!

The two-time Tony Award winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps just opened last night, April 13th at the Union Square Theatre 100 East 17th Street. The cast of 39 Steps features original Broadway cast member Arnie Burton as Clown 2, as well as Billy Carter as Clown 1, Broadway vet Robert Petkoff as the dashing hero Richard Hannay, and Brittany Vicars as PamelaAnnabellaMargaret in her New York City stage debut. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night below
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Photo Flash: First Look at Robert Petkoff, Arnie Burton and More in 39 Steps Off-Broadway

The two-time Tony Award winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps is currently in previews with an opening night set for Monday, April 13th at the Union Square Theatre 100 East 17th Street. The cast of 39 Steps will feature original Broadway cast member Arnie Burton as Clown 2, as well as Billy Carter as Clown 1, Broadway vet Robert Petkoff as the dashing hero Richard Hannay, and Brittany Vicars as PamelaAnnabellaMargaret in her New York City stage debut. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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Bww TV: The 39 Steps Is Back in New York- Meet the New Cast!

The two-time Tony Award winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps is currently in previews with an opening night set for Monday, April 13th at the Union Square Theatre 100 East 17th Street. The cast of 39 Steps will feature original Broadway cast member Arnie Burton as Clown 2, as well as Billy Carter as Clown 1, Broadway vet Robert Petkoff as the dashing hero Richard Hannay, and Brittany Vicars as PamelaAnnabellaMargaret in her New York City stage debut. The company just met the press and below you can meet the new company
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Photo Coverage: The 39 Steps Cast Prepares for Off-Broadway Return!

The two-time Tony Award winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps begins previews tonight, April Fool's Day, April 1st, 2015, with an opening night set for Monday, April 13th at the Union Square Theatre 100 East 17th Street. The cast of 39 Steps will feature original Broadway cast member Arnie Burton as Clown 2, as well as Billy Carter as Clown 1, Broadway vet Robert Petkoff as the dashing heroRichard Hannay, and Brittany Vicars as PamelaAnnabellaMargaret in her New York City stage debut. The company just met the press and below you can check out photos from inside the special event
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/15/15- The 39 Steps

Today in 2008, The 39 Steps opend at the American Airlines Theatre, where it ran for 771 performances. The play is a farce adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. Patrick Barlow wrote the adaptation, based on the original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon of a two-actor version of the play. 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. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors 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
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Stage Tube: On This Day 1/15- The 39 Steps

Today in 2008, The 39 Steps opend at the American Airlines Theatre, where it ran for 771 performances. The play is a farce adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. Patrick Barlow wrote the adaptation, based on the original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon of a two-actor version of the play. 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. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors 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
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Tom Sharpe obituary

Comic novelist in the mould of Wodehouse and Waugh, he was best known for Wilt and Porterhouse Blue

Tom Sharpe, who has died aged 85, was in the great tradition of English comic novelists and his bawdy style and vulgar approach were said to have made bad taste into an art form – like "PG Wodehouse on acid", in the words of one critic. Sharpe did not start writing comic novels until 1971, when he was 43, but once he got going he gained a large readership. He was a huge bestseller whose hardback editions sold like most authors only sell in paperback.

Wilt (1976) introduced perhaps his most popular character: Henry Wilt, a mild-mannered teacher of literature at the fictional Fenland College of Arts and Technology, who gets involved in a murder investigation. Sharpe claimed that the account of teaching day-release apprentice butchers and tradesmen in classes timetabled as "Meat One" and "Plasterers Two
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Stage Tube: On This Day 1/15- The 39 Steps

Today in 2008, The 39 Steps opend at the American Airlines Theatre, where it ran for 771 performances. The play is a farce adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. Patrick Barlow wrote the adaptation, based on the original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon of a two-actor version of the play. 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. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors 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
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The 39 Steps

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 26, 2011

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll simply can't get away from each other in The 39 Steps.

The 1935 film The 39 Steps remains one of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s (Psycho) great thrillers and a mystery filled with the kind of moments that truly defined Hitchcock as “The Master of Suspense.”

The classic movie follows Canadian traveler Richard Hannay (Robert Donat, The Count of Monte Cristo), who stumbles into a spy-filled conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors — a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued — as well as into an expected romance with the cool Pamela (Madeleine Carroll, Cafe Society).

Adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan, The 39 Steps is one of Hitchcock’s classic wrong-man thrillers, anticipating such later Hitchcock movies as North by Northwest (1959) and, of course, The Wrong Man (1956).

Criterion’s
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Richard Carpenter obituary

Actor and children's television writer known for Catweazle, Robin of Sherwood and The Borrowers

Richard Carpenter, who has died of a blood clot aged 82, brought intelligent, imaginative entertainment to generations of young television viewers through the fantasy series he created. After almost two decades as an actor, he found his first success as a writer with Catweazle (1970-71), starring Geoffrey Bayldon as a dishevelled, eccentric, 11th-century magician transported to the 20th century. Comic misunderstandings were mixed with slapstick as Catweazle befriended a farmer's son, Carrot (played by Robin Davies), who unravelled for him modern-day mysteries such as "electrickery" and the "telling-bone".

In the second series, Carpenter had Catweazle searching for symbols of the 13 signs of the Magic Zodiac and being taken in by another boy, Cedric (Gary Warren), at his parents' country estate. "I've always been interested in the person who is outside society," said Carpenter in a 1990 interview with the magazine Time Screen.
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Richard Carpenter obituary

Actor and children's television writer known for Catweazle, Robin of Sherwood and The Borrowers

Richard Carpenter, who has died of a blood clot aged 82, brought intelligent, imaginative entertainment to generations of young television viewers through the fantasy series he created. After almost two decades as an actor, he found his first success as a writer with Catweazle (1970-71), starring Geoffrey Bayldon as a dishevelled, eccentric, 11th-century magician transported to the 20th century. Comic misunderstandings were mixed with slapstick as Catweazle befriended a farmer's son, Carrot (played by Robin Davies), who unravelled for him modern-day mysteries such as "electrickery" and the "telling-bone".

In the second series, Carpenter had Catweazle searching for symbols of the 13 signs of the Magic Zodiac and being taken in by another boy, Cedric (Gary Warren), at his parents' country estate. "I've always been interested in the person who is outside society," said Carpenter in a 1990 interview with the magazine Time Screen.
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My favourite film: The 39 Steps

In our writers' favourite film series, Saptarshi Ray gets caught up in Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 web of intrigue

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The 39 Steps was my first Hitchcock film. I saw it when I was about 13, with a movie-buff uncle on a battered old black-and-white TV set, on a trip to India. Sitting in the clammy heat and darkness that night, praying there wouldn't be a power cut as we were transported from West Bengal to the Scottish moors, it was the first time I grasped the full extent of cinema's escapist power.

It also inspired my appreciation of Hitchcock as a master film-maker – an artisan and sculptor, with a healthy dose of rogue, rolled into one; a man who crafted stories that blended technical ingenuity with aesthetic beauty without you even realising it.

The plot
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Thoughts on... The 39 Steps (1935)

The 39 Steps, 1935.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Starring Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft and Wylie Watson.

Synopsis:

Wrongfully accused of the murder of a counterespionage agent, a man (Robert Donat) must go on the run to clear his name whilst preventing a spy ring from stealing top secret information.

"Clear out, Hannay! They'll get you next..."

With these words on her lips and a knife in her back, Annabella Smith, spy for hire, dies. Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), the man who put her up for the night, is now in mortal danger. From here on, The 39 Steps continues to shift up gears into a breathlessly paced thriller, often imitated, never bettered.

Crucially, Hitchcock doesn’t cheat with rapid-fire edits to get the audiences’ pulses pumping. Scenes are played out to their natural length, teasing out real tension from everyday occurences, planting us so firmly in Hannay
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From old books to big bucks: 8 vintage heroes who deserve a modern revival

With the next Sherlock Holmes movie on the horizon, David looks at a few other literary heroes that deserve a fresh chance on the big screen…

Classic suspense heroes are getting a lot of Hollywood attention at the moment. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows will be released in December, and Robert Downey Jr wants to similarly reinvent Perry Mason, while Miss Marple will apparently turn into Jennifer Garner.

Meanwhile, The Saint, as played by James Purefoy, will return to the small-screen in a TV movie called The Saint In New Orleans. With this in mind, here are a few other classic characters that could be similarly adapted.

Sexton Blake

Originally a Holmes pretender, this character evolved into a hybrid of Holmes, James Bond and Indiana Jones, going on to become the most documented fictional character in the history of the English language, with over two thousand stories and novels published.
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Stuntman To Climb The 39 Steps

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Stuntman To Climb The 39 Steps
Veteran stuntman Vic Armstrong is to make his feature film directorial debut by remaking Alfred Hitchcock classic The 39 Steps.

The filmmaker, who is most famous for stunts in films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Patriot Games, is set to tackle the John Buchan novel in 2011, according to website MovieHole.net.

According to imdb.com, Robert Towne is also planning a remake of the movie, which has hit the big screen three times since Hitchcock's 1935 classic, starring Robert Donat as man-on-the-run Richard Hannay.

Brits Kenneth More and Robert Powell have also played Hannay in 1959 and 1978 remakes. And Rupert Penry-Jones starred in a TV movie version of Buchan's story in 2008.

Theater Review: ‘The 39 Steps’ is Frolicsome, Hollow Hitchcock

Chicago – The stage may is noticeably stripped, and the absence of technical advancement well-viewed. But the brass creativity emanating from “The 39 Steps”, the rollicking adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s quieted film, is consummately endowed. In a certain albeit undeniable sense, the Master of Suspense’s screen canon has always been ripe for the satirical plucking. Permeated with harrowing plot twists, forlorn femme fatales, and disoriented- though always dignified- heroes, Hitchcockian thrillers offer the sort of dramatic abundance about which most Broadway producers can only daydream.

Play Rating: 3.0/5.0

Both John Buchan’s original 1915 novel and Hitchcock’s 1935 screen adaptation followed a quick-paced, English-flavored thriller conceit. The narratives employed heady espionage, boiling international conflict, and the staple of mistaken identity. The stage conversion of “The 39 Steps”, adapted by Patrick Barlow and with conceptualization by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, renders much of the same recipe. But slapstick and schtick are the go-to ingredients here.
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Slow March to War: An Advance Review of PBS' "The 39 Steps" on "Masterpiece Classic"

Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 thriller The 39 Steps took the action of John Buchan's World War I espionage novel and transported it forward in time to the 1930s, where the world was on the brink of yet another global war. As with Buchan's novel, Hitchcock's 39 Steps traced the steps taken by reluctant hero and former spy Richard Hannay as he receives a coded message from a spy who dies in his London apartment and who then finds himself enmeshed in a dangerous conspiracy that puts his life and that of everyone he comes in contact with in jeopardy. The film, while a gripping masterpiece of intrigue and suspense, took several liberties with the underlying material and a new version of The 39 Steps--starring Spooks' Rupert Penry-Jones--goes back to the source material to craft a new adaptation that is much more in line with Buchan's original novel than Hitchcock's film. Penry-Jones
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Auckland Theater Company Presents The 39 Steps 2/12-3/7

Auckland Theatre Company in association with the Court Theatre presents The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, adapted by Ross Gumbley. 12 February - 07 March 2009 They say there are no more heroes. They haven't met Richard Hannay yet. Director: Ross Gumbley Starring: Lisa Chappell, Stephen Papps, Cameron Rhodes Design: Tony Geddes, Elizabeth Whiting, Brad Gledhill Four fearless actors play 139 roles in 100 madcap minutes in this inventive adaptation of John Buchan's classic British spy thriller.
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