The Malta Independent 21 May 2024, Tuesday
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‘The 39 Steps’ to be staged at Teatru Manoel this April

Thursday, 4 April 2024, 10:42 Last update: about 3 months ago

Secrets, espionage & some side-splitting comedy take centre stage in FM Theatre Productions' and Teatru Manoel's upcoming co-production of "The 39 Steps". Inspired by the iconic movie by Alfred Hitchcock and the classic John Buchan novel, the play takes a comedic twist in Patrick Barlow's adaptation.

Set in the 1930s, "The 39 Steps" follows the misadventures of Richard Hannay. Played by theatre veteran Alan Paris, Hannay has been framed for a mysterious murder, in his apartment, that he did not commit. On the run across England and Scotland, the plot thickens as Hannay tries to clear his name only to realise that he's found himself caught up in a sinister plot involving spies and political intrigue.


As he trudges from one scenario to the next he meets various personalities, an impressive 250 eccentric characters, played by Edward Mercieca and Stephen Oliver. Shapeshifting from one role to the next, with humour, wit and gusto, the dynamic duo play a myriad of roles from salesmen, to policemen, pilots, milkmen, comperes and everything in between!

Hilariously caught up in Hannay's predicament, Pamela, played by Sarah Mercieca, is sceptical of his innocence, but, with confidential information about the British Air Defence at stake they have no choice but to push on.

Directed by Chris Gatt, this theatrical spectacle promises to be an exhilarating blend of intrigue, laughter and absurdity.

"The 39 Steps" will be performed at Teatru Manoel from 19 till 21 April and on the following weekend from the 26 till 28 April.


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