The 39 Steps – March 24-April 23, 2017

The 39 Steps Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse continues its 71st Season with The 39 Steps, from March 24 to April 23, 2017. Hitchcock meets Hilarious in this multi-award-winning stage adaptation of “The Master of Suspense’s” murderous classic thriller. Director Desha Crownover (Seussical, 2016) makes a welcome return to Coronado Playhouse to direct this ingenious and entertaining theatrical extravaganza. Four actors, 139 characters and 100 hilarious minutes await audiences on their journey back to 1930s Britain to meet our hero, the painfully English (and painfully handsome) Richard Hannay. Watching a Music Hall performance by ‘Mr. Memory’ – an act that shows a man’s incredible photographic memory – Mr. Hannay hears off-stage shots being fired. In the terror and confusion that ensues, he finds himself in the clutches of a beautiful woman, Anabella Schmidt, who later reveals herself as a spy. Anabella lets Hannay in on a plot she has uncovered called ’The 39 Steps.’ The very next day he finds her murdered in his apartment and so, disguised as a milkman, Hannay escapes London and flees to Scotland to discover what “The 39 Steps” is all about.


Ms. Crownover has assembled a stellar cast with Michael Lundy (A Normal Heart, ion theatre) taking the role of dashing Richard Hannay and Erica Marie Weisz (My Fair Lady, Moonlight Stage Productions) playing all three of his leading ladies; Annabella Schmidt, Pamela and Margaret. Jacob Sampson (Seussical, Coronado Playhouse) and Russell Clements (Fiddler on the Roof, YAT) as the two “clowns” tackle every other role in this roller-coaster odyssey.

The 39 Steps ran in London’s West End for nine years, the fifth longest-running play in the history of London theatre, winning numerous awards including the Olivier and What’s On Stage awards for Best Comedy. It ran for 771 performances on Broadway, winning both a Tony and a Drama Desk Critics award. It has been translated into over 20 languages with performances running all over the world.

Tickets range from $20 to $27 and are available through Coronado Playhouse’s Box Office at (619) 435-4856 or online at

Community Partners – San Diego Public Library & Coronado Library

Community Theatre is made by, with, and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need. During the run of The 39 Steps we are partnering with San Diego Public Library and Coronado Library in an effort to bring exposure and donations to these excellent establishments that benefit us all.

Special Events

Opening Night Members’ Mingler
Friday, March 24th at 6:30 pm
Playhouse members are invited to a hosted Happy Hour at CPH for drinks and appetizers before every opening night of each new main-stage production to mingle with fellow theatre lovers and enjoy the ambiance and excitement of opening night.
Not a member? Not a problem! Membership starts at just $50 and can be purchased in advance or at the event.

About Coronado Playhouse
Coronado Playhouse is the oldest, longest-running community theatre in San Diego County. The intimate 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre, overlooks beautiful Glorietta Bay and is part of the beautiful Coronado Community Center. The venue opened in 2006 with state of the art equipment and a full service bar. Season ticket holders can reserve tables a year in advance for each show. Catered dinners, at an additional cost, are available opening nights and for some holiday performances. The Playhouse is dedicated to providing quality entertainment, with a mix of classic and modern comedies, dramas and mysteries, dazzling musicals, colorful free classics, theatre for young audiences, concerts, cabarets, and exciting original works by local authors. These programs, along with our education outreach, theatre classes and other community events, are only possible because of your continued support and charitable donations.
Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization as San Diego County’s longest running community theatre.


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: