Directed by

René D. Copeland

Starring: Nate Eppler, Peter Vann, Patrick Waller, and Martha Wilkinson

Appropriate Audience

high school and above

Show Times

Tues., Wed., Thurs., 6:30 pm
Fri. and Sat. evenings 7:30 pm Sat. matinees 2:30 pm

Approximate running time

2 hours

Please note: There is NO LATE SEATING in Johnson Theatre



Nashville Scene

Special Events

Panel Discussion: Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps: From Page to Screen to Stage

March 1, 2011


March 8, 2011

Meet and Greet the Cast

March 19, 26, and April 2, 2011

Tennessee Rep InDepth

March 24, 2011
(now following Thursday evening performances)

Talk Back

March 25 and April 1, 2011
(now following Friday evening performances)

Tennessee Rep UNclassified

March 26 and April 2, 2011
(now following Saturday matinee performances)

The 39 Steps image

Darwin in Malibu

adapted by Patrick Barlow
based on the book by John Buchan
from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock

March 19–April 2, 2011

Johnson Theater, TPAC

More About The 39 Steps

Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with as juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, Richard Hannay—a man with a boring life—finds himself on an extraordinary and entertaining adventure when a quickly acquainted spy is killed by assassins with a butter knife. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A fast-paced, riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of riotous pleasure!

Copeland says: "Ever since seeing a scene from The 39 Steps on the Tony Awards, the staff has been asking almost daily when we can take a crack at this one. It is a fast-paced, brilliantly constructed farce with 150 roles helmed by a cast of four. It's sort of the fun of Noises Off combined with an homage to the film noir that Alfred Hitchcock made famous. The challenge of all the roles and all the locations and the necessity of the precise comic timing that farces require intrigue and excite me artistically... plus it is going to be a lot of fun."


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