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Hitchcock Meets Monty Python in The 39 Steps

By Patrick Barlow

Players Workshop (PW) presents its 130th main-stage production since 1982, the Tony Award-winning comedy romp, The 39 Steps, based upon the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film and adapted for the stage.

The 39 Steps
With the Players Workshop
September 1–11
Thu, Fri, and Sat, Sep 1, 2, and 3, 7:30pm
Thu, Fri, and Sat, Sep 8, 9, and 10, 7:30pm
Matinees Sun, Sep 4 and 11, 3pm
San Miguel Playhouse
Independencia 82
US$12 online/200 pesos

In recent years PW has brought the international community of San Miguel such shows as OPUS, Don’t Dress for Dinner, RED, Yankee Tavern, By the Waters of Babylon, Enemy, the annual “Diez Minutos International Festival of Ten Minute Plays,” and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Our commitment to excellence and professional-quality theater has led us to the ambitious The 39 Steps.

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! The two-time Tony Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, sexy handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance and human values!

In The 39 Steps Richard Hannay, a rich man with a boring life, meets a beautiful woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on Hannay’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

The New York Times raved: “Theatre at its finest!… Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands. And The Daily News added that The 39 Steps was “an ingenious dizzy delight.”

After a two-year hiatus from his critically acclaimed performance in RED, Michael Gottlieb returns to the main stage to play Hannay, the shallow dandy man caught up in wartime intrigue. Clara Dunham, just seen as Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, plays all of Hannay’s love interests. David Galitzky (Other Desert Cities) is one of two “clowns” tasked with playing a combined 100-plus roles, and actor and renowned countertenor Don Krim (The Caine Mutiny) rounds out the cast, playing the other clownish half of a hundred characters in this comic masterpiece. The show is directed by veteran actor/director Ken Albanese (Moonlight and Magnolias, Vigil, Diez Minutos). Don’t miss the show The Sunday Times called “Rollicking Fun! Hugely Entertaining!”

Purchase advance tickets US$12 online at or 200 pesos in person at our Centro ticket booth at calle Mesones 57 at Reloj, M‒F, 10am‒2pm. Theater box office opens one hour before show time for walk-ins. All seats are reserved.


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