Alfred Hitchcock’s “39 Steps” is a mystery that will be transformed into a comedy at The Alhambra Theatre & Dining, which is the longest running professional dinner theater in the United States. The show will run from August 6th – September 7th, 2014.
“39 Steps” is the two-time Tony® Award-winning hit which ran a record-breaking 1135 performance from January 2008 – January 2010. “39 Steps” was originally a big, serious, 1935 classic Alfred Hitchcock movie about spies between the wars, dashing heroes and classy dames. In 2006, Patrick Barlow turned the story into a farce, opened the show in London, and won the Olivier Award® (Britain’s equivalent of the Tony®) for best new comedy. Two years later, Broadway audiences adored it also.
About the show: Richard Hannay, a debonair 37-year-old Canadian bachelor, is bored one evening and goes out to the theatre alone. A mysterious woman in black, Annabella Schmidt, fires a gun in the middle of a memory-artist’s act and asks for Richard’s help. ‘Let me hide in your flat,’ she begs, presumably because he is a bachelor without a date. She tells him about the spies pursuing her and hints at weaponry-related secrets that could threaten Britain’s security.
Richard is the handsome man who is accused of Annabella’s murder and he runs for his life on the roof of a speeding train. Actually, he is pretense-running across some luggage lying on a mostly bare stage. He finds the leader of the spy ring and clears himself of any connection with Annabella’s death.
During his travels, Richard encounters an extraordinary number of colorful people. A cast of only four people play more than 140 characters, including a milkman, a newsboy, a cleaning woman, a train conductor, theater performers, politicians, secret agents, husband-and-wife Scottish hoteliers, traveling lingerie salesmen and a wide variety of law enforcement officials. Their quick-change artistry is a running joke that never gets old, and if they ever seem dismayed by the challenge of changing hats, clothing, wigs and accents in fractions of a second, their frustration is right in the script.
Hitchcock devotees will be happy to see that “39 Steps” pays homage to a number of his other films. A crop-dusting plane tries to run down our hero. Lots of birds perch on a house sign. Pamela suffers from vertigo. The hotel desk sign reads, “Dial M for Meal Service,” and even the Bates Motel is still accepting guests.
The plot remains the same as in the film; nonetheless, creative director/producer Tod Booth will have his hands full rearranging the script to incorporate new actors during ‘Celebrity Week’. Don’t forget to check out the menu right HERE and come back to see Ms. “V”s review.
Alfred Hitchcock’s “39 Steps”
DATES: August 6 – September 7, 2014 “Celebrity Week” Aug. 26 – 31
SHOW TIMES: 8:00 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m.
DRESS: “Gala Night” Friday August 8, 2014 is “Formal/Dressy”. All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.
TICKETS: Regular pricing for tickets start at $35.00. Preview night pricing for the first two nights (August 6 & 7, 2014) are available for $38.00. Ticket price includes dinner, show and parking. Group sales are available. Price does not include gratuity or orders from the bar.
LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32246