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The 39 Steps is 2006 comedic play which adapts the 1935 Hitchcock thriller The 39 Steps using a cast of only four actors. To give an idea of the style, the Forth Bridge train is a model train on a track at the back of the stage and pretty much everyone plays at least a dozen roles.

This play contains:

  • Idiot Ball: The stile scene.
  • Loads and Loads of Roles: Four actors play every role in the movie, sometimes having to play two characters in the same scene. Traditionally it's one actor for the main character, one actress for all the attractive women, and two other actors for everything else. Scenery not excluded.
  • No Fourth Wall:
    • After a particularly extravagant and long-winded series of costume changes, "Hannay the actor can't take any more" and exclaims "Oh just get on with it!!"
  • Pocket Protector: One of the characters survives getting shot when a prayer-book in his coat pocket stops the bullet.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Those Two Guys: Because there are only two guys other than Hannay, this pops up a lot. Examples include the underwear salesmen, the police officers, the heavies, the Sheriff and Chief Inspector, Dunwoody and McQuarrie, and Compere and Mr. Memory.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hannay initially mistakes the Scottish farmer's wife for his daughter.

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