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From the Movie by Alfred Hitchcock, Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited and an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon Characters: 3m, 1f Comedy WINNER! 2 Tony® and Drama Desk Awards, 2008 WINNER! BEST NEW COMEDY Laurence Olivier Award, 2007 The 39 Steps, is Broadway's longest running comedy, playing its 500th performance on Broadway, May 19th, 2009! Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure! "A wonderful triumph of theatre!" -BBC Radio 4 "It's really not so much about a spoof of Hitchcock, which it is, of course; it's really an homage to the theater. Not the contemporary theater, where mermaids traverse the stage on wheels and gargantuan mechanical sets get bigger applause than the actors, but the nostalgic version that survives on greasepaint and hammy actors. It's a valentine to that kind of creativity and imagination, of doing so much with so little..." -The New York Times "THEATER AT ITS FINEST... Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock's film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands." -Ben Brantley, The New York Times "The most entertaining show on Broadway!" -Liz Smith, The New York Post "INGENIOUS! A DIZZY DELIGHT!" -Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News "RIOTOUS & MARVELOUS!" -Clive Barnes, The New York Post "Whirlwind funny business!" -Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger "a giddy display of theatrical invention!" -David Rooney, Variety "comedy of the highest order!" -Roma Torre, NY1 "About the cleverest show on Broadway in a long time!" -David Richardson, WOR Radio "Rollicking Fun! Hugely Entertaining!" -Sunday Times "Clever, very funny, imaginative and brilliantly acted!" -The Guardian "Dizzyingly entertaining show!" -Daily Telegraph
It is 1915. Richard Hannay is convalescing from wounds received fighting in France, when he is approached by Sir Walter Bullivant of British Intelligence. Bullivant?s son has been working undercover in the Middle East. It seems that the Germans with their Turkish Allies are planning to stir up a revolt in the Muslim world that could leave Egypt, India and North Africa in disarray. The boy has since been killed. The only clue he left behind is a piece of paper bearing the words `Kasredin?,?cancer? and `v.I?. Hannay must take up the trail. At stake could be the outcome of the war. Buchan is a master of the spy genre, and this astonishingly prescient and gripping story of danger and adventure has stood the test of time.
Retired grocer Dickson McCunn embarks on the journey of a lifetime in John Buchan's classic adventure tale Dickson McCunn has led a respectable, if unremarkable, life. He's a grocer in Edinburgh and an esteemed member of the community. Still, he has a romantic spirit. For his entire life, all of his adventures have taken place in the pages of books, but he's always wanted to play more of a part in the real world than just providing his neighborhood with vegetables. When his wife goes on vacation and he retires from his business, he finally gets his chance to take the trip across Scotland that he's always dreamed of. But after a chance meeting with a Communist poet in the coastal town of Dalquharter, McCunn finds himself on an adventure that is far more perilous than any he's ever read about. McCunn is forced into action when his new acquaintance informs him that a Russian princess is being held captive in Huntingtower, a nearby castle. As the Russians close in, McCunn must become the hero he's always wished he could be. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
The Island of Sheep is the last book in a series of five thrillers about Richard Hannay, a former mining engineer from South Africa, now a British General with an exceptional talent for spy-catching. The Island of Sheep is a thriller that will appeal to the young as much as it will to anyone with a love of adventure. Set in three main locations, Gloucestershire, Scotland and the Scandinavian "Island of Sheep", with occasional scenes taking place in London, the action of the novel centres around the now middleaged Sir Richard Hannay who leads an idyllic life with a considerable amount of leisure on his Gloucestershire estate. Hannay occasionally fears that life is too comfortable and that he is in danger of becoming staid. A chance meeting with an old friend, Lombard, a one-time companion in high adventure who has changed almost beyond recognition exacerbates the feeling, but curiously, it is Lombard who leads Hannay into thrilling and dangerous action. Some thirty years earlier, both men had sworn to uphold the cause of a man named Haraldsen, and now it is the dead Haraldsen's son who needs help. The plan to rid Haraldsen forever of his tormentors is masterminded by another redoubtable friend, Sandy, Lord Clanroyden, but it is Hannay's son, Peter John, and Haraldsen's daughter Anna who are the real heroes of the piece.
In 1925, John Buchan published his second most famous novel, "John MacNab"; three high-flying men -- a barrister, a cabinet minister and a banker -- are suffering from boredom. They concoct a plan to cure it. They inform three Scottish estates that they will poach from each two stags and a salmon in a given time. They sign collectively as 'John McNab' and await the responses. This novel is a light interlude within the "Leithen Stories" series - an evocative look at the hunting, shooting and fishing lifestyle in Highland Scotland.
An international organization of anarchists threatens to overthrow civilization as we know it--and it's up to Edward Leithen to save the Western world A group of anarchists known as the Power-House sees all of civilization as a vast and sinister conspiracy, something to be overcome and destroyed. Standing up against the Power-House is Tory member of Parliament and lawyer Edward Leithen, a self-described man of hesitation whose stance thrusts him into a reality he never knew existed. London becomes a sinister underworld in which he could be spirited away at any moment, never to be heard from again. Leithen quickly falls into a maze of paranoia, knowing that if he fails to stop the Power-House, their anarchy will consume the world. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
The novel of international intrigue and adventure that set the standard for the modern spy thrillerOne May evening in 1914, an ordinary Londoner named Richard Hannay receives word of an anarchist plot to assassinate the prime minister of Greece. A few nights later, the eccentric American who revealed the conspiracy is found stabbed to death in Hannay's flat. With only the dead man's encrypted notes to guide him, Hannay must try to foil the assassination attempt while outpacing both the police and the conspirators, whose dastardly plans extend far beyond one Greek politician. The fate of England, it seems, rests on one mysterious phrase repeated throughout the American's notebook; just what exactly are the thirty-nine steps?Buchan's groundbreaking novel, the first in a series featuring Richard Hannay, was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock and paved the way for Graham Greene, Robert Ludlum, John le Carré, and many other masters of literary espionage. Lightning-paced, relentlessly clever, and politically insightful, The Thirty-Nine Steps is just as thrilling today as when it was first published a century ago.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
In this fast-paced spy thriller, a self-described "ordinary fellow" stumbles upon a plot involving not only espionage and murder but also the future of Britain itself. Richard Hannay arrives in London on the eve of World War I, where he encounters an American agent seeking help in preventing a political assassination. Before long, Hannay finds himself in possession of a little black book that holds the key to the conspiracy--and on the run from both the police and members of a mysterious organization that will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden. This is the first of five novels in John Buchan's Greenmantle series, featuring the adventures of the stalwart and resourceful Richard Hannay. Originally published in 1915, it also served as the basis for several movies and plays, including Alfred Hitchcock's classic cinematic adaptation.
After the war and newly knighted, Richard Hannay is living peacefully in the Cotswolds with his wife Mary and son Peter John. Unfortunately, a day arrives when three separate visitors tell him of three children being held hostage by a secret kidnapper. All three seem to lead back to a man named Dominick Medina, a popular Member of Parliament. Hannay uncovers a dastardly plot involving hypnotism and the black arts, as well as the more earthly crimes of blackmail and profiteering. This is the fourth of the five Richard Hannay novels.
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