WINCHESTER — Opening night of the spring production, The 39 Steps, is almost here! You won’t want to miss this fast-paced thriller which takes place on April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at the Old Town Hall in Winchester. Friday and Saturday nights the play starts at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. Check out the DCP Facebook page under Dundas County Players for a couple of teasers and rehearsal photos.
Patrick Barlow’s comic adaptation of The 39 Steps lovingly recreates Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 thriller for the stage. When Richard Hannay is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he finds himself pursued by German spies, entangled with mysterious women and caught up in an elaborate plot with the fate of the country in his hands! This, however, is where the similarity ends and pandemonium begins. The story’s more than 100 supporting roles are in fact played by a talented group of only six actors who change personas with lightning speed and precision. A hat put on or off, a cape thrown over a uniform, a change of accent and voilà!
In addition to playing multiple roles, the actors also pull and push set pieces on and off stage. Steamer trunks double as trains, cars, desks and beds, a single door frame provides entry into and exit from all manner of situations and scenes, a ladder becomes a fence and railway bridge.
The 39 Steps takes audiences on an epic journey which will delight and surprise them with its energy, playfulness and humorous spirit. It’s a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth under 18.
Reserve tickets by calling 613-297-0097, or purchase online at dcplayers.ca or in person at The Planted Arrow, 501 St. Lawrence Street, Winchester.
See you at the show!