39 Steps extends at Union Square Theatre


Producers of the New York return of 39 Steps at the Union Square Theatre have announced that the production has extended booking to 30 November 2015.

The show began previews on 1 April 2015, before an official opening on 13 April and was initially booking through to 6 September 2015.

The cast includes Arnie Burton as 'Clown #2', Billy Carter as Clown #1, Robert Petkoff as the dashing hero Richard Hannay, and Brittany Vicars as Pamela/Annabella/Margaret.

39 Steps is a comedy adapted by Tony nominee Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble & Nobby Dimon, based on the book by John Buchan and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film.

This production reunites the entire original creative team, including direction by Tony nominee Maria Aitken, lighting by Tony winner Kevin Adams, sound design by Tony winner Mic Pool, and scenic and costume design by Tony nominee Peter McKintosh.

Synopsis: "39 Steps is a comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, with only 4 actors portraying more than 150 characters, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye. The brilliantly madcap story follows our dashing hero Richard Hannay as he races to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name."

39 Steps originally premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the UK in 2005. It then transferred to London's Tricycle Theatre and then into the West End's Criterion Theatre in 2006, winning the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007.

It was mounted on Broadway in January 2008 and ran for over three years - the longest running play in 7 years - and earned six 2008 Tony nominations (including Best Play), winning two Tonys for Sound design and Lighting design. In North America, it is one of the top ten licenses for shows in regional theatres.

- by Dom O'Hanlon