The 39 Steps – 6 Actors, 139 roles!

Media by Victoria Fisher

The Factory Theatre presents it’s fall show: The 39 Steps! The 39 Steps is a hilarious fast-paced spy thriller. The play’s concept calls for the entirety of the original 1935 film to be performed by only six actors playing 139 roles. The 39 Steps play is adapted by Patrick Barlow from the 1915 novel written by John Buchan and the 1935 film produced by Alfred Hitchcock.

“There’s something for everyone. Good comedy, romance, action, mystery, accents, fake mustaches, real mustaches, and a cast of 6 playing thousands of people! Not really…only 139 people but close enough,” Director, Alex Freeman says. On the technical side, the play’s quick set and costume changes are not only phenomenal, but entertaining. The lighting design is set to create an imitation of the old fashion Noir films. Will Sunderland, one of the cast members says, “The 39 Steps is a brilliantly funny play with action, humor, and romance. The cast and people involved in The 39 Steps are very excited to bring this new piece to the Factory Theatre!”

Richard Hannay action shot. Media by Victoria Fisher.

“If you hate fun, don’t come to the show because you will have a fantastic time.”

The Cast

The 39 Steps Flyer.

Richard Hannay – the hero of the story, is played by Shua Wilmot. Audiences will get to see Hannay become involved with a mysterious woman, who leaves him with a mystery to solve in order to save the country and clear his name.  

Annabella/Pamela/Margaret – these three characters are played by Victoria Fisher. These women all have very different motives, and become involved with Hannay in one way or the other.

The Clowns – are played by Will Sunderland, Logan Murphy, Nathaniel Weaver, and Bethany Hegener. The clowns play every other character in the show: heros, villains, men, women, elderly folks, and occasionally inanimate objects. 

The Production Team

Alex Freeman. Media from

The 39 Steps is directed by Alex Freeman. Freeman is a tremendously accomplished individual in the world of theatre. He is the Manager Director of the Factory Theatre at Greenville University, as well as an Adjunct Theatre Professor. He is the Artistic Director of Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, MO, and an Adjunct Theatre Instructor at East Central College in Union, MO. While his work has taken him around the country directing and acting, he has found a great foundation in the Midwest to use his passions and talents.

The Stage Manager for the show is GU student Clayton Loraine. Loraine says, “I’m really looking forward to audiences getting the chance to experience the many comedic perils of the life of Richard Hannay.”

The Production Manager is Kate Metz, and this will be her sixth time putting on The 39 Steps.

Mark Your Calendars

The show runs for only one week from October 23rd-26th. Opening night is Wednesday, October 23rd. All shows start at 7:30pm. There is also a matinee on Saturday at 2:00pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show.

The dates and show times for The 39 Steps. Media from

Get Your Tickets

Because this hilarious farce is expected to be a hit and sell out quick, get your tickets online here. Tickets are $10. GU students are FREE. Tickets will also be sold in the Dining Commons October 14th-18th and 21st-25th from 11:00am-1:00pm. 

The Factory Theatre in the Kelsey Building. Media from Google Maps.

Where to go

The address to the Factory Theatre is:
401 East Harris Avenue 
Greenville, IL

It is in the Kelsey Building right across from CVS on the corner.

Contact Information

Alex Freeman: 636-364-8286 or

“If you hate fun, don’t come to the show because you will have a fantastic time,” Freeman says. You do not want to miss out on a night of fun with this incredibly talented cast. Hope to see you at the theatre!

Media by Victoria Fisher


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