My blog has quite a lot of posts about Samuel West (Julius Caesar, On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour) and Charles Edwards (My Fair Lady Australian tour and Henry IX).

Monday, 29 January 2007

Charles Edwards - Theatre - The 39 Steps (Criterion) - Press (2007)

* updated 17 February

Excerpt from an article at theatermania.com:
"Another adaptation that works like gangbusters is Patrick Barlow's raucous treatment of The 39 Steps at the Criterion, which is based on Alfred Hitchcock's extremely loose 1935 film version of the John Buchan novel. Barlow sticks closely to the heart-palpitating Hitchcock plot, but recasts it as a camp comedy. Charles Edwards as Richard Hannay -- who's trying to track down a spy cove -- repeatedly gives the audience his tilted-chin profile. The appropriately named Rachel Pickup stylishly plays the three women Hannay picks up. All the other parts are enacted by Rupert Degas and Simon Gregor, two masters of every imaginable British dialect. The fast-and-furious farrago is directed by Maria Aitken, who did this same sort of effervescent entertainment some years back with Charles Ludlum's Mystery of Irma Vep."

The 39 Steps has been extended by 5 months to September 2007:

Article about Rachel Pickup taking over Catherine McCormack:

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