The 39 Steps- Playing Up Theatre Company- Theatre Bath

Bath based Playing Up Theatre Company has built an enviable reputation for successfully producing plays that are challenging and often only attempted by major theatre companies.  In its twelve year history Playing Up has produced the work of Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, John Arden and Dario Fo to enormous critical acclaim.  Now the company are tackling their biggest challenge to date, Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of John Buchan’s spy novel, The 39 Steps.

RH Pencil- Playing Up Theatre Company- Theatre BathPatrick Barlow’s wonderfully inventive comic parody features just four actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. Winner of the Olivier Award and the What’s On Stage Award for Best Comedy in 2007 The 39 Steps is still one of the hottest tickets in the West End but now audiences can see it at The Rondo Theatre for the first time.

Gasp in wonder at the thrilling adventures of the handsome and heroic Richard Hannnay, who, complete with British stiff-upper-lip, obligatory pencil moustache and a dash of derring-do, encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, beautiful women and an evil mastermind as he tries to solve the mystery of what, exactly, are The 39 Steps?  Along the way the audience witness a fight on a train and the Forth Bridge as well as a biplane chase on the Scottish Moors.

This hilarious play is being performed from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th November 2015 at The Rondo Theatre in Larkhall, Bath starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are available from or by phoning 0333 666 3366.  For more information go to