Though it originally appeared as a 1915 novel, it was Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 screen version of “The 39 Steps” that drew greatest notice. This drama of an ordinary man caught in espionage rang true with bored everymen in theaters worldwide.

In 2005, Patrick Barlow rewrote the story as a stage play that uses only four actors for nearly 30 parts. Another notable change in Barlow’s version is that he plays the story for laughs, including a fount of puns and allusion to Hitchcock’s other works such as “Stranger on a Train,” “Psycho,” “Rear Window,” “Vertigo” and “North by Northwest.”

The West End version of the play earned an Olivier award for best comedy. The Broadway version, which played for 771 performances, pulled in four Tony nominations and won a pair of the coveted prizes.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, military and students.

For more info, call 251-433-7513 or go to

The 39 Steps
Where: Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.)
When: March 14-23