Four into 39 Steps will go

The Mill Arts Centre
The Mill Arts Centre

It’s been a smash hit in the West End and on tour – and now four talented actors are needed to bring 100 hilarious minutes of theatre to The Mill Arts Centre.

Banbury Cross Players are holding open auditions for their production of Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film of John Buchan’s classic The 39 Steps. The auditions are at 8pm on January 15 at The Mill and the production runs at the same venue between April 22 and 25.

A spokesman for the Players said: “From an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, this play needs just four actors. Could you be the all-action, stiff upper-lipped Richard Hannay? Or are you the sultry siren Anabella Schmidt? Or perhaps you’re better suited to be one of the ‘clowns’ who play all – yes all – the other roles, from Mr Memory man to milkman; salesman to sheriff, porter to policeman, compere to crofter... and many more besides.”

This spoof adaptation captures the feel of the Hitchcock classic, with film sound effects and action as well as physical theatre taking the audience from London to the Scottish moors via car crashes, code-breaking and a daring shoot- out and escape by aeroplane.

The available roles are Richard Hannay (35-45), the woman (30-40), clown one and clown two (both can be any age, male or female).

Clowns must be able to physically change characters and accents quickly.

Actors will need to be available from April 19 for technical and dress rehearsals.

There will be an initial read through at The Mill on Tuesday, January 6 at 8pm for anyone interested.

For further information and details of audition pieces contact director Chrissie Garrett at or mail@ban