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The 39 Steps is a Great Night Out at Newcastle Theatre Royal

The 39 Steps is a Great Night Out at Newcastle Theatre Royal All images © Mark Senior
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April 2024
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If you're seeking a thrilling and fun night out at the theatre, The 39 Steps promises high-energy and hilarity

For the first time in eight years, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning comedy, The 39 Steps, is touring the UK and we joined the audience at Newcastle Theatre Royal - its first stop outside of London. Here's why you mustn't miss this fabulous fun and furiously fast-paced production.

John Buchan wrote the book in 1915 and the Alfred Hitchcock classic spy film based on the story was a hit in the 1930s, but the producer of this stage version argues the story still resonates today – and after seeing what unfolds we agree. 

We take our seats to follow the adventures of hero Richard Hannay as he encounters murders and double-crossing in this comedy thriller (which celebrates the best of both of those genres). 

While this production retains the 1930s setting and costumes, and features some of the original score from the Hitchcock film, clever twists make it an exciting watch. For the stats – four actors play 139 roles in 100 minutes – it’s a fast-paced, impressive display of acting.

Combining Buchan’s classic thriller with a hint of Hitchcock and a glorious reworking of the two, the mix by Patrick Barlow creates a comedic but compelling show brought to you by a cast of just four. Tom Byrne plays Richard Hannay, Safeena Ladha has three parts which she delivers with charisma, while Eugene McCoy and Maddie Rice play Clown 1 and 2 in brilliant style. Reflecting to some extent on today’s complex political world, this production gives on so many different levels.

But most importantly, it’s a great night out – catch it if you can!

The 39 Steps plays Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday 13th April. Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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