The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Donna Wyant

Wednesday, April 19 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 22 – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Performance Dates

June 9 – 25, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 PM
Sundays @ 2:00 PM
Thursday, June 15 @ 8:00 PM

Dress Rehearsal (with an audience)
Thursday, June 8 @ 8:00 PM

THE 39 STEPS is a melodrama adapted from the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock & the 1915 novel by John Buchan. A very popular stage play in New York and London, The 39 Steps is Broadway’s longest running comedy and the longest-running play in London’s West End theatre history!


Bored Canadian Richard Hannay, on holiday in London, meets a mysterious woman who says she’s a spy. When she is murdered in his flat and he is accused, Hannay sets out to uncover the meaning of the “39 Steps,” a secret she spoke of with her dying breath. Hannay, unsure of whom he can trust, crisscrosses England and Scotland on a thrilling adventure involving “train chases, plane crashes, shadowy murders, beautiful spies, trilbied heavies, dastardly villains” and of course love, as he races against time to save England and the world.

One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay and most other actors play multiple characters including  heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. The film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, The Birds and North by Northwest.

Casting the following 8 roles; note that dialects not expected at auditions, and coaching will be provided. All parts but Hannay, may involve actor playing multiple roles.

All roles are open. Auditions will consist of readings from the script – seeking the following:

(M-30-50’s) Dialect English.

(F 30-50’s) Attractive and very British upper class leading lady with proper British accent.
Dialect: Upper-Class British

(F 30-50’s) She is beautiful and nervous, a mysterious German spy. Actor may play multiple roles. (Dialects German, Russian, & English)

(F 20-40’s ) Young and innocent, a Scottish farmers wife. Actor plays multiple roles. (Dialects: Scottish, English).

Clown 1 & 2
(M 30-60) ( Music Hall “Clowns” also known in American Vaudeville as  “Masters of Ceremony” )
Clowns play over 30 characters, in a fast paced costume, prop, and dialect changing. Dialects:  German, Scottish, English, Cockney Dialects.
Clown # 1- (M30-60)
Clown # 2 (M 30-60)

Two Extras
2 Actors (M or F 25-50) EXTRA ACTORS filling in multiple fun and fast paced roles; Spies, Members of a Marching Band, Police Officers, Foreign Agents..and more.

We will have two to  five introductory rehearsals in April. Regular rehearsals will begin in May through early June and run 2 to 3 days per week ( weeknights and either Saturday or Sunday). Auditions will be held at the theatre. If you have questions or need more information please contact Stage Manager Wendy Kleros at:

Westport Community Theatre
Westport Town Hall – 110 Myrtle Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
Box Office (203) 226-1983

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