Historic Sunderland church hosts The 39 Steps

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ACTORS have taken over a city church to stage spell-binding thriller The 39 Steps.

From today, Theatre Space North East will be performing John Buchan’s comedy thriller at Holy Trinity Church in the East End.

The production, which runs until Saturday, is the latest by the troupe in their drive to stage theatre in unusual spaces.

Their last two shows attracted hundreds of audience members who followed them around Barnes Park as they staged The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Corinne Kilvington, from Theatre Space North East, said: “We’re having a great time playing with the features of the church, making the most of the space. It’s been a laugh putting it all together. It’s starting to look like very precise chaos.

“It is a beautiful ancient building. It’s seen hundreds of years of Sunderland history. Now we are going to be part of it. It’s a great space and we’re going to use all of it.

“It’s an old building with no heating and wooden seating, so wrap up and be ready for stuff to happen all around you.”

Last month, the theatre group won Performance of the Year at our Excellence Awards for its captivating production of The Tempest.

In keeping with the show’s much-loved tradition of having just four actors play more than 130 characters, the story follows dashing Richard Hannay as he encounters murders, double-crossing secret agents and devastatingly beautiful women.

Tickets, starting at £7, can be bought from.ticketsource.co.uk/theatrespace or on the door. Doors open from 6.30pm with a performance time of 7pm.




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