The 39 Steps | Queensland Theatre
24 February - 24 MarchCremorne Theatre, QPACBuy tickets Season tickets

In a nutshell

Tongue-in-cheek noir thrills as four actors deliver hundreds of characters and thousands of laughs

A night at the theatre goes spectacularly wrong for dashing adventurer Richard Hannay, ending with a glamorous secret agent dead in his arms. Stiffening his upper lip, our handsome hero dives straight into a thrilling wartime conspiracy in this ripping laugh-a-minute romp. 
 
Classic film noir melds seamlessly with zany comedy as Hannay clings to trains, dangles from bridges and is harried across the moors by machine-gun fire – all recreated through fiendishly inventive stage wizardry. With just four actors playing a titanic cast of 139 characters, this riotous retro spy caper is performed at breakneck speed with a knowing wink to the audience and a tip of the hat to Alfred Hitchcock and Tony Hancock. 
 
After a record-breaking season at State Theatre Company South Australia, former Queensland Theatre Associate Director Jon Halpin returns to Brisbane to direct an all-Queensland cast including Hugh Parker and Leon Cain. 

Cast Includes Liz Buchanan, Leon Cain, Hugh Parker, Brian Probets

Designer Ailsa Paterson

Composer/Sound Designer Stuart Day

Co-production sponsor 
  • State Theatre Company South Australia
  • Ord Minnett

Reviews

A dizzy and theatrical game played with wit and versatility★★★★ | The Times