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Monday, December 3, 2012


(Clinton Small, Michael Gritten and Loyiso McDonald. Pic by Val Adamson)

The international spoof comedy hit - The 39 Steps - comes to the Catalina Theatre over the festive season from December 8 to 30.

Directed by Themi Venturas, The 39 Steps features Clare Mortimer, Loyiso McDonald and Michael Gritten – all playing a cast of thousands - with Clinton Small as the title character, Richard Hannay.

The 39 Steps is a delicious stylised melodrama inspired by the 1935 cult film by Alfred Hitchcock and adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan. Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited and an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, it is presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited.

Patrick Barlow’s Olivier Award and Tony Award winning stage adaptation is in its sixth year on the West End and its fifth year on Broadway. It finally comes to Durban to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Catalina Theatre.

The premise of the comedy is for the entire cast of the 1935 adventure film to be performed by a cast of four, with actors sometimes playing multiple characters at once! Nothing has been cut from this hilarious and spectacular version of Britain’s most spellbinding thriller – legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Fourth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the death-defying (or nearly!) finale at the London Palladium!

With four actors playing a minimum of 139 roles, it promises to be the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year. Under the direction of Themi Venturas, who had to travel to London to learn the show, the Durban production brings together four stalwarts of the Durban scene.

This show is festive fun of the first order for the whole family beginning on December 8 and 9 with two low-price previews.

The 39 Steps officially opens on December 12 and will run until December 30. The Catalina opened its doors for the first time on December 12, 2002.

Performances will take place on Thursdays and Fridays at 20h00; Saturdays at 14h30 and 20h00 and Sundays at 14h30 and 18h00. Bookings on 031 305 6889 or online at