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'The 39 Steps' Celebrates Second Birthday in UK; Over 140,000 Tickets Are Released


Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps, directed by Maria Aitken, will celebrate its second birthday this month as over 140,000 tickets are released for a new booking period, until 6 September 2009.  On 13 October 2008Tessa Churchard will join current cast members Jo Stone-Fewings, Alan Perrin and Nigel Betts at the Criterion Theatre to play the three female roles - Annabella Schmidt, Pamela and Margaret – in this hilarious 100 minute whodunnit.

Maria Aitken’s multi award-winning production contains every single legendary scene from the award-winning 1935 classic Hitchcock movie thriller -  including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium, as well as the memorable and controversial ‘stockings and suspenders’ scene!

Tessa Churchard’s stage credits include Blithe Spirit for Watford Palace Theatre, Lady of Leisure, Astonished Heart, Still Life and Point of Death for Liverpool Playhouse, As You Desire Me for The Playhouse Theatre, Gallileo’s Daughter, Don Juan, Man and Superman for Bath Theatre Royal, Noises Off at the Piccadilly and Comedy Theatres and Remember This for The National Theatre.  Her television credits include Doctors, Family Affairs and Jeeves and Wooster.

Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps has been playing to sell-out houses at the Criterion Theatre since its transfer from the Tricycle Theatre in September 2006.  Subsequently a Broadway production has opened to great acclaim, winning two Tony Awards as well as two Drama Desk Awards.  The 39 Steps has also embarked on a UK tour and is licensed to 15 countries world-wide.  In August this year productions opened in Sydney and Korea and next month the show opens in Hong Kong.

The 39 Steps has designs by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Ian Scott, sound design by Mic Pool, and movement by Toby Sedgwick.   The 39 Steps is presented by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd and Tricycle London Productions Ltd in association with the West Yorkshire Playhouse

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