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Quentin Letts first night review of North By Northwest 

North By Northwest

Theatre Royal, Bath  

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Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 film North By Northwest has been brought to the stage in a quick, slick, wry, clever production – the cheeriest show this summer. 

Many recent plays have been suffused with pessimism but here, hooray, is an evening of unbridled entertainment.

Hitchcock’s glamorous thriller becomes something more like a comedy thriller, with a measure of affectionate satire.

It honours the plot but at the same time sends up some of the action scenes and the late Fifties .

Alfred Hitchcock¿s 1959 film North By Northwest has been brought to the stage in a quick, slick, wry, clever production

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 film North By Northwest has been brought to the stage in a quick, slick, wry, clever production

The film is best remembered for a scene in which a crop-duster plane opens fire on Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill, a Manhattan advertising guy mistaken by baddies for an FBI agent. 

Thornhill becomes the target of hitmen working for a shadowy foreign spy boss who wants to smuggle a top-secret microfilm out of the United States.

As his fortunes spiral, Thornhill is seduced on an overnight train by a gorgeous blonde. 

He has a pint of

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