39 Steps cast change - extends to 6 Sep 2009.

39 Steps cast change - extends to 6 Sep 2009.

Tessa Churchard joins the cast of The 39 Steps, at the Criterion Theatre from 13 October 2008. The show has also extended its booking period by 7 months and is now taking bookings to 6 Sep 2009.

Tessa Churchard will join current cast members Jo Stone-Fewings, Alan Perrin & Nigel Betts. Her London stage credits include "Noises Off" at the Piccadilly and Comedy Theatres and "Remember This" for the National Theatre. Her television credits include Doctors, Family Affairs and Jeeves and Wooster.

This comic adaptation began life at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2005. It opened at the London Fringe venue, The Tricycle Theatre, 14 Aug 2006, where it ran to 9 Sep 2006 before transferring to The Criterion Theatre, in the West End from 14 Sep 2006. The production had its Broadway premiere on 15 January 2008

It is written by John Buchan and adapted by Patrick Barlow, from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.

It is directed by Maria Aitken, designed by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Ian Scott, produced by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd and The Tricycle Theatre.

The 39 Steps is best known as Hitchcock’s 1935 classic move thriller. This brand new version is performed by four actors playing a minimum of 150 roles and contains every single legendary scene from the award-winning movie – including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium, besides many other favourite cinematic moments, including the memorable and controversial ‘stockings and suspenders’ scene!

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