“Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy, The 39 Steps.” www.samuelfrench.com

With equal parts farce, clowning masterclass and heart-stopping noir thriller, The 39 Steps is Patrick Barlow’s hysterical stage adaptation of John Buchan’s classic novel and Hitchcock’s hit 1935 spy thriller film.

After a sell-out season in 2016, State Theatre Company are bringing back The 39 Steps, complete with the stellar original cast. This wonderfully deranged comedy features four actors, playing 139 roles of fast-paced fun, thrilling action and riotous invention.

Set in 1930’s London, the story is a classic portrayal of one man’s flight from wrong accusation through a series of improbable adventures as he is pursued by authorities. The painfully British and devastatingly handsome, Richard Hannay finds himself in the clutches of a beautiful woman, Anabella Schmidt, who later reveals herself as a spy. She has uncovered a plot called ‘The 39 Steps’, but she is murdered clutching a map of Scotland. Hannay must solve the mystery of the 39 steps and save his skin before it’s too late.

“An hilarious tour de farce” – The Australian
“A modern comic masterpiece”- InDaily
“This is comic theatre at it’s best” – Kryztoff

Director Jon Halpin
Associate Director (2019 Season) Corey McMahon
Designer Ailsa Paterson
Lighting Designer Gavin Norris
Composer Stuart Day
With Charles Mayer, Tim Overton, Nathan Page and Anna Steen

The 39 Steps at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre from Country Arts SA on Vimeo.

This Project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry of the Arts Catalyst Australian Arts and Culture fund.


The 39 Steps is supported by

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Presented by Country Arts SA

A contemporary framework by which to explore, express, and acknowledge Aboriginal veterans service in the Vietnam War – before, during and after.

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