The 39 Steps

19 Aug – 11 Sep, Dunstan Playhouse


Presented by State Theatre Company and Adina Apartment Hotels
By Patrick Barlow, from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock and the novel by John Buchan

The world-wide hit that brings John Buchan’s classic book and Hitchcock’s legendary film to life in an hysterical stage adaptation.

The debonair Richard Hannay is pulled into a web of intrigue and deceit after attending a vaudeville show in London. Pursued by a shadowy organisation throughout the UK, entranced by femme fatales and twisted into knots by skulduggery and suspicion, Hannay must solve the mystery of The 39 Steps and save his skin before it is too late.

British comedic genius Patrick Barlow riffs off both the original novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s hit film to create a piece that is equal parts farce, clowning masterclass and heart stopping noir thriller. This wonderfully deranged comedy features four actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun, thrilling action and riotous invention.

After nine years on the West End, where it won the Olivier Award for best Comedy, and after sell-out productions around the world, State Theatre Company is delighted to bring Jon Halpin’s (This Is Where We Live) brand new production to the Adelaide stage to liven up the fag-end of our winter.

By arrangement with Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Limited.


2 hours including interval



Mon 15 August 6:00pm



Tues 30 August 6:30pm 
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 5.30pm) 

Sat 3 September 2:00pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 1.00pm) 

Wed 7 September 11:00am

Wed 7 September 6:30pm 

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Wed 7 September 11:00am


Fri 2 September 8:00pm


Jon Halpin

Ailsa Paterson

Lighting Designer
Geoff Cobham

Stuart Day

Cast includes
Charles Mayer, Tim Overton, Nathan Page, Anna Steen

"A dizzy theatrical game played with wit and versatility."
The Times

Day With State Shows
Each show is followed by a Q&A session with the Director and the cast. Teachers who book students into a Day With State show will receive a detailed study guide. These provide in-depth information on themes, style, characters and set and includes assignment questions which are ideal for continued learning back at school.

Day With State shows for The 39 Steps will be on:

25 August, 10.30am
Dunstan Playhouse

To book please download the Education Program Booking Form here.


Completed forms can be returned to:

State Theatre Company of South Australia 
PO Box 8252, Station Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
or fax 8231 6310
or email Education