"Good ole fashion, tongue-in-cheek humor. If Alfred Hitchcock was attending, he would have been in stitches."

"I was swept away by the adventure and laughing"

"...energetic and original show..."

"The audience loved it!"

John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock’s


by Patrick Barlow
By Arrangement with Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Limited
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

Dec 6th, 7th & 8th Dec, 2019
CC Amstel Theater, Amsterdam

Re-written for the stage, Hitchcock’s classic thriller soars to new comic heights, with just four actors recreating over 139 characters from the original film; the spies, thrilling rooftop chases, an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance.

Winner of Best Comedy Olivier and Tony awards the London production ran for nine years! Loveday Smith (Sam Mendes’ Cabaret) and Mark Winstanley (director QETC’s The Importance of Being Earnest) head a multi-talented cast for an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

Watch the trailer

This QE2 production gets their customary, fast-paced treatment! For an early taster of what’s to come, here is the YouTube trailer of the original West End production.

Listen to the podcast

ArtsTalk Magazine editor Michael Hasted talks to director LOVEDAY SMITH, co-producer MARK WINSTANLEY, both of whom both also appear in the play, and to the other two cast members, during rehearsals for QE2’s new production of THE 39 STEPS. Listen here.

"The 39 Steps" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.

"Patrick Barlow’s version [of the comedy play] is by far the best. If you haven’t seen this [QE2] incarnation of The 39 Steps, now’s your chance."

"Graham Garner is convincing as the suave, matinee-idol Hannay, the permanently unruffled, pipe-smoking hero."

"Loveday Smith is just right for all three of the ladies she plays."

"[Mark] Winstanley and [Charlie] Bird enthusiastically metamorphose between policemen, spies, hotel landladies, various Sottish people and all the rest, usually before your very eyes – one can almost feel the draught from the hats as they wiz around the stage."
Michael Hasted, Arts Talk Magazine Read the full review

"[The] actors and technicians interact to create an almost postmodern and highly amusing clash of form and content.

...highly entertaining... suitable for everyone age 8 upwards. I would highly recommend you take a few hours out of your weekend to go see this show."
Julia Neugarten, author and blogger Read the full review


  • Fri Dec 6 2019, 20:00
    Sat Dec 7 2019, 15:00
    Sat Dec 7 2019, 20:00
    Sat Dec 8 2019, 15:00
    Sat Dec 8 2019, 20:00
  • Venue

    This show is at the state of the art CC Amstel, a 154 seater, which opened in September 2018. The theatre is at the new Cullinanplein 1, Amsterdam.

    Group Bookings

    A 10% discount is available for bookings of 10 or more tickets. Please email bookings@qetc.nl for more information.

    Families, Kids & Students

    The play is highly recommended for kids from aged 8 and up. Older children will be wowed by the magic of the stagecraft created on stage and the actors’ abilities to switch characters at the blink of an eye. It’s also perfect for anyone studying drama.

    Intratuin logo
    This production is generously sponsored by
    Intratuin Amsterdam

    Queen's English Theatre Company - English Theatre in Amsterdam

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