The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow

Tue 5th July to Sat 9th July 2016

Unexpected joy in spoof of spy classic

“Sticking basically to the same plot as the film, they recreated murders, a train journey, car chase, escape across the moors and a bedroom scene—all on Harborough’s tiny stage. In the hands of director Mark Bodicoat, an adaptable set and imaginative props, this Patrick Barlow play was truly a triumph.

The superb cast, led by Simon Edwards as Richard Hannay, with archetypal 30s-style good looks, the play romped along at unrelenting speed. Jonathan Barnes and Andrew Nelson proved an hilarious double-act and Hayley Cawthorne showed equal ability in her three roles.

The four-strong cast changed their identity—literally at the drop of a hat— and back again in seconds. Without exception their delivery and timing was spot –on. Unerring support came from the lighting and sound crew to ensure this show ended the Harborough Theatre’s season on a high.”

Gordon Birch – Harborough Mail