The 39 Steps  

John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock's

The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

Directed by Rob Ellis

Evenings at 7.30
Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th and Tuesday 10th - Saturday 14th October
Matinées at 3.00
Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th October

The Tower Theatre performing Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate

Murder, intrigue, suspense. Planes, trains, automobiles. 139 characters. 4 actors!

When Richard Hannay is accused of a crime he didn't commit, he finds himself pursued by German spies, entangled with femmes fatales and caught up in an elaborate plot with the fate of the country at his feet!

Patrick Barlow's comic adaptation of The 39 Steps lovingly recreates Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 thriller for the stage, its tongue stuck firmly in its cheek. Having closed at the Criterion Theatre in 2015, after nine years, it is the fifth longest running play in West End history, picking up the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy along the way.

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Richard Hannay : Adam Moulder
Annabella Schmidt/Margaret/Pamela : Sophie Mackenzie
Clowns : Emily Grimson, Dom Ward


Production Team

Director : Rob Ellis
Set Design : Max Batty
Costume Design : Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie
Stage Manager : Sarah Ambrose
Assistant Director : Charlie Bailey

Adam Moulder joined the Tower at the back end of 2010 making his debut as maths geek Hal in Proof. He returned as rockstar Ritchie Blackmore from the Tornados in Telstar in early 2014. Adam then played the actor Orlando Dangle in One Man, Two Guvnors and was also lucky enough to be part of the Tower Team in the RSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Barbican and Royal Shakespeare Theatre last summer playing Francis Flute. His most recent appearance was as Sid Prince in Sherlock Holmes.
This is Sophie Mackenzie's first show with the Tower. She has a first class Drama degree from the University of East Anglia and trained as an actor at the Drama Studio London. Her professional productions include touring Italy in King Lear (Cordelia/The Fool) and Measure for Measure (Mariana, Pompey), 5,6,7,8 - A Steps Musical (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), Red Riding Hood (Queen's Theatre), Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (King's Head Theatre), Pin (White Bear Theatre) and The Sentence Snatchers (Sheringham Little Theatre). She is also a musician and plays lead guitar in the band Finish Flag.
Emily Grimson is a freelance writer and blogger. She previously studied drama at school and took part in numerous amateur productions as well as her fair share of dance shows. This is her second Tower Theatre production after playing Clare/Louise in Road last year and she is very excited to be back on stage in such a fun-filled production!
Dom Ward trained at Mountview Academy and has been with the Tower since he was press-ganged into a production of The Entertainer in 2001. After a brief career playing romantic leads in Hot Mikado and Guys and Dolls amongst others, he graduated to grown-up roles, including David in After the Dance, Stanley in The Birthday Party, and Carr in Travesties. Dom is now more often to be found on the other side of the rehearsal room, directing everything from Victorian ghost stories (Darker Shores) to classic farce (Loot), and most recently Emlyn Williams' forgotten classic Accolade.
Rob Ellis has been a member of Tower since 2016, when he assisted Colette Dockery on The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband. Since then, he has been involved with six other shows as Sound Designer, and directed Clybourne Park in September last year. He has a MA in Theatre Directing from the University of East Anglia, and has directed shows at Tristan Bates Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, Jermyn Street Theatre, Park Theatre, Old Red Lion Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre, and Albert Square Gardens. Rob is an Assistant Artistic Director for the Tower. He also appeared in a Steps musical in August.