Forfar Dramatic Society all set to bring classic adventure to the stage

The cast are pictured in rehearsals for 'The 39 Steps'.
The cast are pictured in rehearsals for 'The 39 Steps'.

Forfar Dramatic Society is set to bring a classic adventure story to the stage as its next production, which will be performed next month.

The stage version of Richard Hannay’s adventures in “The 39 Steps” was adapted from John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Hitchcock’s 1935 film by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, and then re-written on transfer to the West End by Patrick Barlow in 2005.

The West End production, which features four actors playing between 100 and 150 roles, was voted best comedy at both the 2007 Olivier Awards and What’s On Stage awards and was described as “very funny” by Time Out and “Hilarious” by The Sunday Express.

The play calls for the entirety of the 1935 film to be performed with one actor playing the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress (or sometimes actor) playing the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two others playing every other character character in the show, even the occasional inanimate object.

This means that the film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laughs; however, the legendary scenes including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge and the finale at the London Palladium all remain.

The script is also full of allusions to, and puns on the titles of, other Alfred Hitchcock films including ‘Strangers on a Train’, ‘Rear Window’, ‘Psycho’, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘North by Northwest’.

Tickets for the show, in the East and Old Parish Church, Forfar on Friday November 14 and Saturday, November 15, cost £10 for Adults and £8 for concessions and include refreshments.

Tickets, limited due to the nature of the venue, can be booked at Toy Castle, 86 Castle Street (closed Thursdays), or online at Ticket Source via the Society’s website at”

The play will also be staged in the Abbey Theatre, Arbroath on Thursday, November 13. Detail and tickets can be found at the Abbey Theatre’s website at