Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the John Buchan novel and the Alfred Hitchcock Movie. Genesian Theatre Company, Sydney. Director: Tom Massey. May 14 – June 25, 2011.
Hitchcock meets vaudevillian Pythonesque, Goonish farce, with a good dash of slapstick, in this stage version of The 39 Steps.
Patrick Barlow’s stage adaptation of the John Buchan espionage thriller (as filmed by Hitchcock) steps on the accelerator, and transforms the script of the 1935 movie (which it follows closely, adding nods to other Hitchcock movies) into a quirky comedy. So, what you get isn’t a thriller, but an affectionate send-up of the genre.