King’s Lynn Players back with a bang

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After a short break for Christmas, the King’s Lynn Players are all set to return in the spring with a deadly duo of performances which are sure to thrill audiences with tales of espionage and murder.

Kicking off with a performance by the Players’ Drama Club, Lynn’s Arts Centre stage will play host to 39 Steps, by Patrick Barlow, which, despite being in the West End, the group has secured permission to perform.

Carol Beveridge, chairman of the Players and director, said: “This is one of the funniest plays ever seen based on the thriller written by John Buchan, transformed into a Hitchcock film in 1935. As has been said before, it is ‘Impossible not to enjoy’ ‘Clever, very funny, imaginative and brilliantly acted!’”

Dastardly villains, deadly assassins, dangerous femme fatales and some decidedly dodgy goings on have conspired to make this a fantastically farcical take on Alfred Hitchcock’s film.

Fans of tongue-in-cheek comedy – from the surreal silliness of Monty Python to the fast-paced antics of The Reduced Shakespeare Company – will love The 39 Steps’ ironic take on the espionage genre.

John Buchan’s gripping whodunnit sees audiences join hero Richard Hannay in foggy London town as a chance encounter with a mysterious female spy leads him on a cross-country mission to clear his name of murder and save King and country – all with Scotland Yard’s finest in hot pursuit.

Carol added: “You may be wondering how on earth some of the iconic moments from Alfred Hitchcock’s film can be recreated on stage. But, fear not. With everything from the Flying Scotsman to a bi-plane crash whipped up before your very eyes, this promises to be a great show.”

39 Steps will be on at Springwood High School’s Drama Studio on February 4, 5 and 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Carol on 01553 674124, the group will be donating to Breast Cancer Support.

On March 26, 27 and 28, the Players will be presenting Deadly Nightcap by Francis Durbridge at the Arts Centre, at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

This is the Players’ first thriller in over 30 years and promises a roller coaster ride of twists and turns with more than its fair share of blind alleys.

Director Christina Attridge said: “Murder and mystery abound in this ingenious play from the master of the genre. Jack and Sarah Redford appear to be the perfect couple. However, Jack is secretly plotting to murder Sarah, but it is Jack who ends up dead! Almost everyone has a motive.. But who is the real killer?”

Tickets cost £10 and are available from the Corn Exchange box office on 01553 764864.