Dianne Pilkington joins cast of The 39 Steps on 26 April

Cast changes in The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre from 26 April 2010. Dianne Pilkington (Annabella Schmidt, Pamela, Margaret), David Bark-Jones (Richard Hannay), Timothy Speyer (Man 1), Jeremy Swift (Man 2).

They replace Natalie Walter, John Hopkins, Stephen Critchlow, Stephen Ventura.

Dianne Pilkington is currently playing 'Glinda' in "Wicked", which she has played since 2007 at Apollo Victoria Theatre. Other London stage credits include: "The Far Pavilions" at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2005; "Tonight's the Night" at the Victoria Palace in 2003; "Taboo" at the Venue in 2002; "Tess of The D'Urbervilles"" at the Savoy in 1999.

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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