The 39 Steps | Queensland Theatre
24 February - 28 March [Past Event] Cremorne Theatre, QPACBuy tickets Season tickets

In a nutshell

Tongue-in-cheek noir thrills as four actors deliver hundreds of characters and thousands of laughs

A night at the theatre goes spectacularly wrong for dashing adventurer Richard Hannay, ending with a glamorous secret agent dead in his arms. Stiffening his upper lip, our handsome hero dives straight into a thrilling wartime conspiracy in this ripping laugh-a-minute romp. 
Classic film noir melds seamlessly with zany comedy as Hannay clings to trains, dangles from bridges and is harried across the moors by machine-gun fire – all recreated through fiendishly inventive stage wizardry. With just four actors playing a titanic cast of 139 characters, this riotous retro spy caper is performed at breakneck speed with a knowing wink to the audience and a tip of the hat to Alfred Hitchcock and Tony Hancock. 
After a record-breaking season at State Theatre Company South Australia, former Queensland Theatre Associate Director Jon Halpin returns to Brisbane to direct an all-Queensland cast including Hugh Parker and Leon Cain. 

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Cast Includes Liz Buchanan, Leon Cain, Hugh Parker, Bryan Probets

Designer Ailsa Paterson

Lighting Designer David Murray

Composer/Sound Designer Stuart Day

Dialect Coach Helen Howard

Choreographer Christopher Horsey

Play Briefing 
Monday 19 February, 6pm - 7pm 
Cremorne Theatre, QPAC


This production contains smoke and haze, strobe lighting and use of replica guns.

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

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Co-production sponsor 


  • Ord Minnett
  • State Theatre Company South Australia