SORRENTO resident Gino Cataldo is mixing a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and adding a dash of Monty Python as part of Wanneroo Limelight Theatre’s latest production, The 39 Steps.
Richard Hannay (played by Cataldo) seeks a frivolous night out at the theatre and is lured into a world of intrigue by a mysterious woman claiming to be a spy.
When she dies in his flat, he flees London with the police hot on his trail and experiences a series of misadventures and old-fashioned romance.
“Richard Hannay is at a crossroad in his life and is bored, lonely and needing something to do,” Cataldo said.
“What he gets is more than he bargained for when he meets a beautiful mysterious woman who sends him headlong into frenzied chases and death-defying leaps.
“Hell-bent on finding the truth, his journey is full of calamity, chaos and perhaps even love.”
Cataldo said he was attracted to play because of its “terrific blend of mystery, suspense, surprise and those one-liners that have made us all laugh for decades”.
Director James Hough-Neilson, of Kallaroo, said he had previously seen the Broadway and West End productions of The 39 Steps.
“It’s a play not to be missed because it’s extremely funny,” he said.
“It’s a very challenging play to present and I decided to rise to the challenge.
“The 39 Steps must be performed at a great pace and the comedy timing has to be spot-on.
“There is something like 110 sound and musical effects, not to mention the physical efforts required by the cast.”
The 39 Steps
When: 8pm October 1, 2, 8-10, 15-17
Where: Limelight Theatre, Wanneroo
Tickets: $21, $18 concession or $16 children on 0499 954 or at www.limelighttheatre.com