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Hitchcock spy thriller bound for Adelaide stage


The stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller North by Northwest is set to make its debut in Adelaide at the end of the year.

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The play was originally produced by the Melbourne Theatre Company, adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns and directed by Simon Phillips, and has also toured to London and Toronto.

It tells a tale of mistaken identity which sees suave advertising executive Roger O Thornhill travelling from New York to North Dakota in a bid to clear his name.

Actor Matt Day (Sweet Country, Rake) plays the central role made famous by Cary Grant in the 1959 film, while Adelaide actress Amber McMahon is the “femme fatale” Eve Kendall.

The show is said to use clever set design and dynamic projections to bring the story to life, with the official website promising: “Everything you will recall from the original Hitchcock film, from drunken car rides down twisting roads, a love affair on a train, to the famous cliffhanger ending on Mount Rushmore, is recreated live on stage.”

North by Northwest will open at the Festival Theatre on December 29, with a special performance on New Year’s Eve.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO Douglas Gautier said it would be an “unmissable event”: “The glamour, thrill and intelligence of the production will definitely shine on the magnificent Festival Theatre stage.”

Pre-sale tickets are available from today.

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