After seeing the review I did for Writer’s Block Magazine of their 2018 performance of The Importance of Being Earnest, the lovely people of the Queen’s English Theatre Company invited me to their new production: The 39 Steps, which was put together in a collaboration with West End actress Loveday Smith under the name QE2. They performed it tonight, and they will also perform it tomorrow, the 7th of December, at 15:00 and 20:00 and Sunday the 8th at 15:00 and 20:00, all in Amsterdam.
Originally, of course, The Thirty-Nine Steps was a 1915 adventure novel by John Buchan. Then, famously, it was made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, and a number of other adaptations for the big and small screen followed, as well as a theatre adaptation first created by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon (can you imagine being named Nobby?) and then adapted by Patrick Barlow in 2005.
I did read the novel once upon a time, but I barely remember it. I also once saw the play performed in London’s West End while I was in high school, but that, too, has faded from memory. What I do remember, however, is the funny, energetic, innovative Oscar Wilde adaptation the Queen’s English Theatre Company (QETC) put on last year. So I was excited to see what they’d do with The 39 Steps, and I was not disappointed.Continue reading