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Monday, April 1, 2013


(Clinton Small, Michael Gritten and Loyiso McDonald)

After a sell-out season in Durban over the festive season, Catalina UnLtd is to present the international spoof comedy hit, The 39 Steps, at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg.

Directed by Themi Venturas, who had to travel to London to learn the show, The 39 Steps features Clare Mortimer, Loyiso McDonald and Michael Gritten – all playing a cast of thousands – with Clinton Small as the lead character, Richard Hannay. The production marked the Catalina Theatre’s 10th birthday.

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. Patrick Barlow’s Olivier Award and Tony Award winning stage adaptation, memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, is in its sixth year on the West End and its fifth year on Broadway.

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’s the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year.

Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited and an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited, The 39 Steps comes to the Hexagon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, for three performances only from April 11 to 13 at 19h30. Tickets R85 (R75 students/seniors). Booking at Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or visit