Castle Hill Players' new take on classic

JOHN Buchan penned the book, Patrick Barlow wrote the stage play, and this month the Pavilion Theatre raises the curtain on The 39 Steps.

Four actors, 30 characters and more plot twists than a box of corkscrews combine to create two hours of utterly enthralling and hilarious mayhem, as restless man-about-town Richard Hannay (Paul Sztelma, pictured with Leigh Scanlon as Annabella Schmidt) stumbles across a dastardly plot to smuggle secret military plans out of 1935 England.

Alfred Hitchcock's hit 1935 film The 39 Steps will arrive at the Pavilion Theatre — albeit with a modern twist of humour.

Hannay is charming, handsome: and bored when he encounters a mysterious femme fatale, a Vaudeville entertainer, two shady policemen, a helpful milkman and an alluring fellow-traveller — and that's before he gets to Scotland!

"The 39 Steps is a theatre tour-de-force," director Meredith Jacobs said.

"It's one of the most elaborate, intricate and challenging productions I've ever worked on."

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