MEREDITH — Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater.  This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat will be performed at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse from Wednesday, July 31 through Saturday, August 10. Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Monday.

The play is adapted by Patrick Barlow from the book by John Buchan from Hitchcock’s movie.  It follows Richard Hannay as his boring life soon becomes a life of mystery and chase. He meets a beautiful spy who spills a top secret plan of international espionage.  He is suddenly caught in the middle of a chase from London to Scotland to reveal a secret that could affect the whole nation. As he attempts to uncover a secret organization called The 39 Steps, Hannay is also wanted for murder on three continents and is wrongly pursued by the police throughout the play.

This four person cast is sure to make The 39 Steps an unforgettable show. Alex Jacobs plays main character, Richard Hannay.  He is joined by AJ Ditty and Adam Kee who both portray a variety of different roles. The Playhouse is excited to welcome Jenette Bonner for her debut performance.

Neil Pankhurst and Tim L’Ecuyer have teamed up to direct this play. This will be L’Ecuyer’s first time with The Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

Pankhurst says, “The 39 Steps is the kind of play that we have become known for: fast-paced, theatrically inventive and thoroughly imaginative. Add in a ridiculously talented cast and you have an evening of theatre that audiences really respond to.”

The 39 Steps is the fourth play in The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s summer season. Pre-show dinners are available at the lobby bar and catered by Magic Foods Restaurant Group, the owners of Canoe in Center Harbor and O Steaks and Seafood in Laconia.

The Wednesday, August 7 performance will include a post-show discussion and Q & A with the cast and crew.  On Tuesday, August 6 there will be a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the new theater. Meet in the lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday, August 8 meet Technical Director, Josh Jansen, and learn how different parts of the set were built, see how it was assembled, and have the chance to ask questions. Sessions are from 6-6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $27 for seating in the orchestra, $22 for seating in the first row of the balcony and $15 for seating in the second row in the balcony. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279- 0333 or by using a credit card at www.winniplayhouse.org.