The 39 Steps  

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 The Vermont Theatre Company is pleased to announce performances of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (based on the book by John Buchan and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow). Performances will take place at the Dummerston Evening Star Grange from December 13-15 and 20-22. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm and Sundays are 3pm matinees. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. VTC will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items on behalf of Groundworks food bank, and your donation is good for a $1 discount on your ticket.

 

Inspired by the iconic film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of an ordinary man forced to go on the run after aiding a mysterious woman. This spy-caper spoof utilizes just four actors who transform using costumes, accents, and physicality into over 30 distinct characters.

At first glance, the hero of The 39 Steps doesn’t seem very heroic at all. It’s August 1935, and Richard Hannay is alone and adrift in London, bored with his ordinary life. But during a night out at the theatre, Hannay stumbles onto an outlandish plot to steal government secrets. To thwart the conspiracy, he embarks on a madcap journey across the country. Hannay’s quest is a dangerous one, and the odds are stacked against him.

Buchan’s original novel of The 39 Steps, one of the first spy novels, was an immediate bestseller in Britain and has never been out of print. Alfred Hitchcock’s fast-paced, slyly funny adaptation was a career-maker for the British director and is considered one of his best early films. Full of plot twists, romance, and slapstick comedy, Barlow’s stage adaptation is both hilarious and thrilling.

VTC’s production stars Samuel Murphy, Clare Margand, Shannon Ward, and Jonathan Kinnersley, with musical accompaniment by Rich Smith. The 39 Steps is directed by Justin Fetterman and managed by Katy Peterson, with support by Krista Coughlin-Galbraith and Alex Luckham. The show is produced by Brenda Seitz and Nichole Bliznak.

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