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Photo Coverage: 'The 39 Steps' Opening Night Arrivals

Roundabout Theatre Company officially opened the New York premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St).

The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow.  The Olivier Award winning production is directed by Maria Aitken, based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.

The company is led by Arnie Burton (Clown), Charles Edwards (Richard Hannay), Jennifer Ferrin (Pamela/Margaret) and Cliff Saunders (Clown).  The company also includes Claire Brownell, Cameron Fulmar and Mark Shanahan

The design team includes Peter McKintosh (Sets & Costumes), Kevin Adams (Lights), Mic Pool (Sound). 

"Mix an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of vintage Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a hilarious whodunit, part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy, adapted for the stage from the famous film and novel. 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. When she winds up dead in his flat, he flees London with the police hot on his trail," explain press notes.

A runaway hit in London and the winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Following its September 2006 transfer from the Tricycle Theatre, The 39 Steps has been playing in London's West End to sell-out houses at the Criterion where it continues to delight and thrill audiences.

Tickets are available by phone at 212-719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St). Ticket prices range from $51.25 - $96.25.

The 39 Steps will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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