Star Cast Announced for North By Northwest

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Tuesday 11 September 2018

A stellar line up of talent has been announced to join Matt Day in the leading role of man on the run, Roger O. Thornhill and Amber McMahon as femme fatale Eve Kendall for the 2018/19 Australian seasons of the triumphant stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in Brisbane and Adelaide.

The cast includes Abigail McKern (Mrs Thornhill), Robert Menzies (Professor), Tom Davey (Leonard), Nicholas Bell (Newsreader), Christen O’Leary (Maggie), Peter Houghton (Gruzinski) Ezra Bix (Budnikov) Leon Cain (Janitor) and Roddy Peters (Bell Boy).  Together the ensemble plays more than 30 roles in this highly acclaimed production.

Absolutely brilliant....ingenious...  mind boggling.” - Broadwayworld

Combining the magic of film and theatre, this incredible production of Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense will be presented live on Queensland Performance Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Lyric Theatre stage from 27 November followed by a season at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre from December 29, with a special New Year’s Eve performance.

This celebrated production follows sell out seasons in Melbourne, the U.K. and Toronto where it won over crowds and critics alike with glowing reviews.

Every twist, every thrill, every hairbreadth escape from Hitchcock's original genius work is retained for this stunning new stage production by director Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns; together the creative team behind Ladies in Black.

Producer Liza McLean: “Following the hugely successful North by Northwest international debut last year we are thrilled to be bringing the production back home to Australia and to be working with such a magnificent cast with our stellar all Australian creative team. It’s also wonderful to be collaborating with our partners at QPAC and Adelaide Festival Centre to have the production return to Australia for these exclusive seasons before it sets off abroad once more.”

Don’t miss this lightning paced thriller that combines glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail. Tickets are selling fast so you’d better run!

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FIVE STARS ‘Brilliantly reimagined ... A-grade entertainment’ -★★★★★ Herald Sun

5 STARS “Hitchcock’s glamorous thriller… Slick, wry and clever!” ★★★★★ Daily Mail UK

4 ½ STARS ‘Strokes of theatrical genius ... slick and thoroughly entertaining’- ★★★★★ The Age

By special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

Originally produced by Kay & McLean Productions in association with the Melbourne Theatre Company.


QPAC & Kay & McLean present

North By Northwest

27 November to 9 December 2018, Lyric Theatre, QPAC,

Tickets: or 136 246


Adelaide Festival Centre presents

Kay & McLean Productions

North By Northwest

From 29 December 2018, Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre,

Tickets: or 131 246


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