Classic drama is brought back

Sleaford Little Theatre in rehearsals for the 39 Steps. EMN-140512-181810001
Sleaford Little Theatre in rehearsals for the 39 Steps. EMN-140512-181810001

Sleaford Little Theatre group is set to bring a version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film classic, The 39 Steps, to the town’s Playhouse next week.

The original version - the idea of north country writers, Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon - saw the whole story being told with just four actors.

Sleaford Little Theatre to perform Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. EMN-141127-165333001

Sleaford Little Theatre to perform Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. EMN-141127-165333001

Hannay was played by one man throughout the play, with Pamela, Annabella and Margaret being played by one woman. All the other characters (estimated to be more than 130) would then be played by two men.

The version toured extensively throughout the UK and was performed in the Playhouse in 2001 by Forest Forge Theatre Company.

This version will use a cast of 17 to play 46 parts (plus the glamorous ‘Sadie and the Silver Girls’).

It was not until early this year that the group were able to get the rights released to stage the production.

The revised adaptation by Patrick Barlow opened in the West End in 2006 and is still running to rapturous acclaim.

The group welcomes four new members making their debut for this performance, which runs from December 9-13.

Tickets are available at www.sleafordplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/39-steps, from Chattertons Solicitors, 5 Market Street, Sleaford, NG34 7SQ, or by calling 0333 666 3366 (booking fee).