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The 39 Steps to tour UK in 2013

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THE 39 Steps, currently celebrating its sixth year at the West End’s Criterion Theatre, will tour the UK in 2013.

Based on John Buchan’s 1914 spy thriller of the same name and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, the Olivier and Tony Award-winning production will launch an extensive tour at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on January 19, 2013.

The 39 Steps follows the incredible adventures of Richard Hannay – complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache – as he goes on the run from police accused of a dastardly murder, dodges double-crossing secret agents, and becomes entangled with several devastatingly beautiful women.

Maria Aitken’s production contains every legendary scene from the award-winning film – including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium. There’s even the memorable and controversial ‘stockings and suspenders’ scene!

The 39 Steps is directed by Maria Aitken, with design by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Ian Scott, sound by Mic Pool and movement by Toby Sedgwick. It is presented by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel and Tricycle London Productions with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The 39 Steps has played all over the world in countries including Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Spain, South Africa, South America and Turkey. The production has also run on Broadway and toured North America.

The 39 Steps has won many awards including an Olivier and for Best Comedy, two Tony Awards for Best Lighting and Best Sound Design, two Drama Desk Awards for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Lighting and the Molière award for Best Comedy.

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The tour will also visit Cheltenham (January 28 to February 2), Swindon (February 4 – 9), Southend (February 11 – 16), Aylesbury (February 18 – 23), Northampton (February 25 to March 2), Manchester (March 4 – 9), Glasgow (March 11 – 16), Bath (March 18 – 23), York (March 26 – 30), Sheffield (April 2 – 6), Brighton (April 8 – 13), Woking (April 15 – 20), Coventry (April 22 – 27), Newcastle (May 6 – 11), Southampton (May 13 – 18), Edinburgh (May 20 – 25), Inverness (May 28 to June 1), Aberdeen (June 3 – 8), New Brighton Floral Pavilon (June 10 – 15), Malvern (June 17 – 22), Canterbury (July 1 – 6) and Nottingham (July 15 – 20).