Arts Club | ON TOUR
The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
20—March 16, 2013
Hitchcock Meets Hilarious!
A seductive mystery woman, an accusation of murder, a missing finger, and a mad dash to foil foreign spies! Four gifted actors play over 150 zany characters in this Monty Python-flavoured Hitchcock spoof that just might give you vertigo!
|On Tour In These Communities|
Theatres and Ticketing Ordering Information
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Feb 20 & 21, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts (at Capilano University)
Feb 23, 2013
Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Feb 25, 2013
Surrey Arts Centre
Feb 26–Mar 9, 2013
Audio described performance on March 9, at 4pm
The ACT Arts Centre & Theatre in Maple Ridge
Mar 10, 2013
Evergreen Cultural Centre
Mar 12–16, 2013
"A rollicking riot of fun" —Peter Birnie, The Vancouver Sun
"Audience members were crying with laughter" —Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight [Read More]
"So many laugh-out-loud funny moments, that "riotously funny" doesn't quite do it justice" —Mark Robins, GayVancouver [Read More]
"A rollicking ride of tickle-your-funny-bone jocularity" —Roger Wayne Eberle, Review Vancouver [Read More]
"Who knew Hitchcock could be hilarious…this show is one you
won’t want to miss" —Jonathon Narvey, Plank Magazine [Read
Winner! 2 Tony® and Drama Desk Awards
"Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock's film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands" —The New York Times
"The most entertaining show on Broadway!"—The New York Post
"Ingenious! A dizzy delight!" —Daily News
"Riotous & marvelous!" —The New York Post
"Whirlwind funny business!" —The Star-Ledger
"A giddy display of theatrical invention with a crackerjack cast!" —Variety
"Comedy of the highest order!" —NY1
"Rollicking Fun! Hugely Entertaining!" —Sunday Times
"Clever, very funny, imaginative and brilliantly acted!" —The Guardian
"Dizzyingly entertaining show!" —Daily Telegraph
"A wonderful triumph of theatre!" —BBC Radio 4
"Totally exceeded my expectations... I knew it would be
funny--but it was just hilarious! The cast are truly
energetic and they seem to love what they're doing. Great
play for friends and family!"
"It was great! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute! All the quick changing of roles, clever use of the set and various props to create the scenes....everything! It was so much fun! Thanks so very much to everyone involved!"
"The show was great. Very energetic cast, and a perfect pace to keep me interested until the end"
"True entertainment - a sheer delight"
"The four of us have had seasons tickets for several years now. I always know that the show was a hit with the group when we come out of the theatre reciting our favourite lines. Such was the case with this production"
—Melanie, North Vancouver
"We saw this just last night and really enjoyed the performance. It was downright funny and extremely clever. The actors worked hard and their timing was impeccable. Excellent production - Well done!"
—Johanna and Derek, New Westminster
"We thoroughly enjoyed this romp, laughing so hard we had to wipe tears away. The quick changes in costume and character and sets were marvelous. I loves the innkeeper and her husband!"
"A great production wonderfully acted! A treat to watch"
—Sandy, North Vancouver
"Inventive, constantly delightful. An energetic cast brings life to one of the funniest shows I've ever seen"
"If you are expecting a repeat of the black and white movie, you are in for a great surprise! The dark moody spy film is replaced by an amusing, slap stick trip through 1930s London and Scotland. The four players do a brilliant job of switching caps and changing characters. It is great to be able to laugh out loud"
—Elizabeth, North Vancouver
"Oh, my gosh -- this was one of the funniest productions we've seen in a long time. The timing was incredible, the direction superb and the acting amazing. Everyone should see this show!"
"Delightful! The Arts Club production is fully the equal of the West End original"
"Hilarious! This production has renewed my appreciation of the Arts Club Theatre Company. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. Very funny with lots of energy. Thank you!"
"Incredible acting, zany and a good laugh throughout the whole performance. I highly recommend it!!"
"A very entertaining evening! High action and lots of gags. The performances were outstanding. Very cleverly done. Bravo."
Kathryn, North Vancouver
"Took our daughter and son in law. This was fabulous. The cast were amazing and the timing was perfect. It was thoroughly enjoyable"
—Gillian, Qualicum Beach
"My sister and I laughed and laughed. Excellent entertainment"
—Leslie, Port Moody
"A great performance. We really enjoyed it"
—Stella, North Vancouver
"Well acted! Actors had great timing and amazing energy. Behind the Scenes team did an excellent job coordinating with actors to make it all work. It was delightfully amusing. Have recommended it to others!"
—Scott and Janet, North Vancouver
"The Art's Club production of The 39 Steps was absolutely marvelous and I would highly recommend it to anyone that has a desire to spend an evening where not only will you be surprised but I dare you not to laugh out loud several times during this production. Well done Arts Club actors and staff. You have exceeded my expectations yet again!"
"Fantastic play - wonderfully performed. The actors has split second timing and unbelievable energy. Well done!"
"The play was funny, fast paced and exciting. We enjoyed ourselves very much. The actors were very talented to be able to play so many parts"
"Very enjoyable and entertaining. A feel good production!"
"The 39 Steps is a wonderful, witty production. The actors(all 4 of them!) are uniformly great and I especially enjoyed David Marr's sly comedy - he seemed to be enjoying himself as much as the audience was. This would be a good production for young Drama students- the improvised props are tremendously funny and very clever. Five stars!"
"Wonderful! The acting was superb, and my husband and I laughed all the way thru it. Pure entertainment! Thank you for another wonderful performance, we cannot wait for the next one"
"The best play I have ever seen at the Stanley. The 39 Steps is a clever, witty, brilliantly acted and hilarious rendition of a Hitchcock classic. The tongue in cheek references to Alfred Hitchcock’s work was entertaining. The Vaudeville inspired cast brilliantly brought the characters to life. I loved this play, and laughed out loud throughout the entire production. See this show!"
"Very funny, I was laughing throughout the whole show. Great timing, polished, professionals at their best--dressed, undressed and dressed again; a classic farce you will truly enjoy"
—Gina Marie, Vancouver
"I saw it in San Francisco, and I liked this production even better! Congratulations... I had to tell the guy next to me that there were only 4 actors :)"
"Congratulations Arts Club on a terrific show. I thought the adaptation from the movie was very clever and it was superbly performed"
"I really enjoyed this play. The set was great and the
actors were brilliant playing the multiple characters in
this hilarious script"
"An excellent, well-performed production. Better even than we expected!"
"Brilliant. Most enjoyable"
"Extremely enjoyable. The actors' timing was absolutely perfect. This play could not have had better casting. A truly fun evening"
"It was a wonderful show. I took my 15 year old daughter and she loved every minute of it. Great acting, sets, costumes. 10 out of 10"
"Absolutely superb. Martin Happer was terrific. He got it just right - what one thinks of a 'typical Brit of the 1930's' - brash, arrogant, dashing, with an eye for the ladies and intrepid when faced with danger. Shawn Macdonald and David Marr were amazing - funny and frenetically paced. The props were hilarious - well done. If I wasn't laughing, I was anticipating the next guffaw!
As for Anna/Margaret/Pamela -all three parts were played with charm and pizazz. I've already told many people to go and see this play"
—Anne, New Westminster
"The four actors who played so many different characters were awesome! Sometimes it was hard to believe there were only four actors! We really enjoyed ourselves and plan to be back! It was well worth the drive in from Abbotsford (considering all the construction! HA!)"
—Gord and Wendy
"Great show. Very energetic, fast-paced, creative, and engaging. We laughed all the way through. The four actors are amazing. Highly recommend"
"Loved the play! The cast was excellent and there was no way I could help but laugh throughout. The body slapstick was so great & so well performed. Enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks for the wonderful afternoon"
"Loved it. The acting was quite brilliant and the effects and use of props was wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed it"
"Very funny, fast moving. We enjoyed this production"
"Funny, clever and extremely well acted"
"I enjoyed this play very much - many laughs. The four actors did a fabulous job of all the characters!"
"It was absolutely inventive and hilarious. Truly some brilliant acting with such a minimal set. It transported us into their world. The cast of 4 were phenomenal. Thank you for entertaining us!"
"Absolutely hilarious. Laughed out loud. And often. I told all my friends to go. And I would see it again! How about 39 Steps, the sequel?"
"6 of us went to see this production. We ranged in age from 35-68. Everyone enjoyed it. Creative, innovative, full of surprises. Monty Python would have been proud. Thank you for a great evening!!"
"Fanatastic!!! Loved it loved it loved it!!!"
Behind the Scenes
Artistic team is subject to change
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Diana Coatsworth, Jay Hindle, Shawn Macdonald, David Marr
Directed by Dean Paul Gibson
Set Designer Ted Roberts
Costume Designer Rebekka Sorensen
Tour Lighting Designer Darren W. Hales
Original Lighting Designer Marsha Sibthorpe
Sound Design Murray Price
Stage Manager Louis-Marie Bournival
Assistant Stage Manager Rachel Bland
Photo credit: The cast. Photo by David Cooper