John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock’s tale of espionage THE 39 STEPS will be playfully brought to life as a comic spoof by Black RAT Productions at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Saturday 10 October 2015 at 7.30pm.
The 39 Steps (Hitchcock’s famous first thriller) follows the incredible adventures of a dashing hero, Richard Hannay (Gareth John Bale), complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho complete with pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and of course, devastatingly beautiful women.
Fast- paced, gripping and full of adventure, this hilarious whodunit will feature 4 talented actors, 139 characters and 39 steps all in 100 minutes.
The hit West End production of The 39 Steps closed on 5th September, following a nine-year run. Black RAT’s tour of Wales offers the chance to see an original version of the Olivier Award winning action-packed comic thriller joyously created with the usual Black RAT high energy and gusto to offer ‘ a spiffingly good’ night at the theatre.
The 39 Steps is a Black RAT Productions, Blackwood Miners’ Institute and RCT Arts Service co-production, supported by Arts Council Wales. It will be directed by Richard Tunley.
Black RAT Productions have delighted audiences with their productions of Bouncers, Up ’n’ Under, Neville’s Island, Boeing Boeing and Bedroom Farce in recent years. For the 2015 production of The 39 Steps the theatre company are delighted to welcome back Black RAT favourite Gareth John Bale as Richard Hannay. Gareth has recently returned from Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he has received rave reviews for his performance as Welsh rugby legend Ray Gravell in Grav (Torch Theatre).
Joining the cast will be Joanna Simpkins (woman), Robert Hopkins (clown) and Sam Davies (clown) who returns to Black RAT after success in the company’s production of John Godber’s Bouncers in their 2010 autumn tour.
The production is designed by Anna-Marie Hainsworth with lighting design by Robin Bainbridge, sound design by James Marsh and is adapted by Patrick Barlow.
The 39 Steps will be appearing at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Saturday 10 October 2015 at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £12 (£10) and are available from the box office on 01970 62 32 32 or online at www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk