North By Northwest
Theatre Royal, Bath
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 fashion.
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