Make 39 Steps to see adventure-thriller in Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 15:25 04 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:26 04 November 2016

Stephen Magona, Lynsey Lennon, Chris Simson, Debra Wilkins, Terry Grimwood, Paul Hadden, Maisie Sayer and Frances Farrugia in Knebworth Amatuer Theatrical Society's production of The 39 Steps

Stephen Magona, Lynsey Lennon, Chris Simson, Debra Wilkins, Terry Grimwood, Paul Hadden, Maisie Sayer and Frances Farrugia in Knebworth Amatuer Theatrical Society's production of The 39 Steps

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An adventure-thriller-comedy will be keeping audiences guessing in Knebworth.

“The play is hilarious and, if rehearsals are anything to go by, will be enormous fun for both the audience and the cast.”

KATS spokeswoman

Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) presents The 39 Steps at the village hall from Thursday, November 17.

Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan, the famous spy tale will be acted out on stage at Knebworth Village Hall until Saturday, November 19.

John Buchan’s story first appeared in serial form in 1915 in Blackwood’s Magazine.

Patrick Barlow’s award-winning version is a pastiche of the well-known 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.

A society spokeswoman said: “KATS have waited a long time to be allowed to bring it to the Knebworth stage and are delighted to be able to brighten up your November with it.”

Set in the 1930s, it’s an adventure-thriller-comedy where some of the actors take on multiple parts, with lightning-quick changes of costume, character and scene.

The show’s dashing hero, Richard Hannay, is accused of a murder he didn’t commit, and has to avoid capture by the police and some very dangerous possible assassins in order to solve the mystery of the identity of the ‘39 Steps’ and save the country.

Hannay travels the length and breadth of Britain before the final showdown and the solution of the mystery.

The KATS spokeswoman added: “The play is hilarious and, if rehearsals are anything to go by, will be enormous fun for both the audience and the cast.”

The play is directed by Viv Richardson, with a huge amount of assistance from props mistress Nita Gowans, who will be wielding a huge number of props.

The 39 Steps stars Terry Grimwood as Richard Hannay, Lynsey Lennon as Annabella, Frances Farrugia as Crofter, Maisie Sayer as Margaret and Debra Wilkins as Pamela.

Paul Hadden, Stephen Magona and Chris Simson are all playing parts too numerous to list.

“We are terrifically grateful to Alex Wilkins for joining us to produce many and complex sound effects, and to Graham Dormer for coming out of ‘retirement’ to create the complex lighting-design and effects,” said the KATS spokeswoman.

Doors open at 7.15pm, with curtains up at 7.45pm.

Tickets for the show cost £8, and £7 concessions.

• Tickets are available in person from Village News in Station Road, Knebworth, by calling 01438 814166, by emailing tickets@katsdrama.info or on the door.

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