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Virginia Stage Company Announces 44th Season - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, THE HOBBIT & Mo Photo Virginia Stage Company Announces 44th Season - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, THE HOBBIT & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 9, 2022

Virginia Stage Company has announced their 44th season as Hampton Roads’ leading professional producing theatre company. Not since 2018 has VSC been able to open its doors to a fully in-house produced season, but in September of 2022, it eagerly welcomes its patrons to a full and in-person 6-show season at The Historic Wells Theatre.

State Theatre New Jersey Presents Paula Anka In ANKA SINGS SINATRA Photo State Theatre New Jersey Presents Paula Anka In ANKA SINGS SINATRA
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 6, 2022

The newly renovated State Theatre New Jersey presents Paul Anka in Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 8pm.

THE 39 STEPS and More Announced for The Grove Theatre 2022 Season Photo THE 39 STEPS and More Announced for The Grove Theatre 2022 Season
by A.A. Cristi - May 6, 2022

Over 32 productions, including mainstage comedy The 39 Steps, and one-night performances from Mary Walsh, Gordie Johnson, Neil Osborne, Ofra Harnoy, Celeigh Cardinal, Julian Taylor, Rebecca Perry, and more.

BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS at The Loretto Hilton Center For Performing Arts Photo BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS at The Loretto Hilton Center For Performing Arts
by Rob Levy - Mar 28, 2022

The Rep’s season finale is a hilarious romp that celebrates the frivolous, delivering a barrage of slapstick fun from start to finish. Murder has never been more fun!

 Photo BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS at CC Amstel - a delirious fun ride! ‚≠źÔłŹ‚≠źÔłŹ‚≠źÔłŹ‚≠źÔłŹ
by Chantal Kunst - Nov 25, 2021

The Casting Society of America Announces 37th Artios Awards Nominations Photo The Casting Society of America Announces 37th Artios Awards Nominations
by Michael Major - Nov 23, 2021

Since Broadway had been dark throughout the nomination process, the society would instead honor virtual theatre productions that happened throughout the year, naming it the Virtual Theatre Award. Other nominees include Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Girls5Eva, Ted Lasso, Bridgerton, Wandavision, Shrill, This Is Us, The Queen's Gambit, and more.

West Coast Players Presents THE 39 STEPS Photo West Coast Players Presents THE 39 STEPS
by Stephi Wild - Oct 14, 2021

West Coast Players will present The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock and the novel by John Buchan, directed by Brian Yarbrough, from October 29-November 14. 

THE 39 STEPS Opens Season 22 Mainstage Programming at GBSC Photo THE 39 STEPS Opens Season 22 Mainstage Programming at GBSC
by Stephi Wild - Aug 31, 2021

Live theatre returns to Greater Boston Stage Company! The raucous The 39 Steps kicks off the 2021-2022 mainstage season on September 23rd as GBSC presents this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. This two-time Tony (R) and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with laughs, a slew of characters, a plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance.

Augustana College Theatre Announces 2021-22 Season Photo Augustana College Theatre Announces 2021-22 Season
by Stephi Wild - Aug 25, 2021

Learn more about the full season, and how to purchase tickets, here!

The Rep Announces 2021-2022 Live Theatre Season Featuring Two World Premieres and Mor Photo The Rep Announces 2021-2022 Live Theatre Season Featuring Two World Premieres and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 6, 2021

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis¬†has announced its 2021-2022 Season, featuring two world premieres. The season kicks off September 10 with the¬†world premiere production of ‚ÄėDreaming Zenzile,‚Äô a musical about the South African songstress Miriam Makeba, written and performed by Grammy-nominated international music sensation¬†Somi¬†Kakoma.

John Buchan Videos

Broadway Rewind: Watch Full Scenes from THE 39 STEPS on Broadway! VideoBroadway Rewind: Watch Full Scenes from THE 39 STEPS on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 15, 2020

Today we rewind with original footage from The 39 Steps, which ran on Broadway for almost two years from 2008-2010. The 39 Steps is a parody adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. 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 (or sometimes actor) 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. The original Broadway cast featured Charles Edwards, Jennifer Ferrin, Arnie Burton and Cliff Saunders

Video: First Look at THE 39 STEPS at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley VideoVideo: First Look at THE 39 STEPS at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
by Paul Smith - Sep 19, 2019

The 39 Steps is proving to be a hit at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley having been extended! Check out clips from the production below!

STAGE TUBE: Pint-Sized Critic Iain Armitage Weighs in on 39 STEPS
by Stage Tube - May 7, 2015

Iain is at it again! The pint-sized theatre critic just visited the two-time Tony Award winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps, currently playing at the Union Square Theater (100 East 17th Street), to weigh in on  the play. Check out what he thought below!

BWW TV: THE 39 STEPS Is Back in New York- Meet the New Cast!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 5, 2015

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 Pamela/Annabella/Margaret in her New York City stage debut. The company just met the press and below you can meet the new company!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/15/15- THE 39 STEPS
by Stage Tube - Jan 15, 2015

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 full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 1/15- THE 39 STEPS
by Stage Tube - Jan 15, 2014

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 full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 1/15- THE 39 STEPS
by Stage Tube - Jan 15, 2013

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 full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.

STAGE TUBE: Kentwood Players' THE 39 STEPS - Highlights
by Stage Tube - Jan 12, 2013

Kentwood Players presents the Tony Award winning comedy thriller 'The 39 Steps' now through February 16, 2013, at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester (Los Angeles). The production is directed by Ben Lupejkis, and produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete and Tony Pereslete by special arrangement with Samuel French. Check out highlights from the show in the video below!

STAGE TUBE: New Highlights - West End's THE 39 STEPS
by Stage Tube - Oct 7, 2012

The 39 Steps, now celebrating its sixth year in the West End, has grossed over twenty million pounds since it opened at the Criterion Theatre in 2006. It is now the longest running consecutive show in the theatre's 137 year history. Check out new video highlights fom the show below!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 1/15- THE 39 STEPS
by Stage Tube - Jan 15, 2012

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 full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.


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How many shows has John Buchan written?
John Buchan has written 1 shows including The 39 Steps (Source Material).