Queenslanders Christen O’Leary and Leon Cain will join a stellar line up of talent announced for the triumphant stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwestfor the strictly limited season at the Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 27 November to 9 December 2018.

Christen O’Leary, a multi-award winning musical theatre star most recognised for recent roles in A Twelfth NightScenes from a Marriage, and the popular seasons of Ladies in Black and End of the Rainbow among many more, as well as her television credits (Blue HeelersState Coroner), will play the role of Maggie and other female parts in this Hollywood classic Queensland stage premiere.

Leon Cain will showcase his talent in the role of Janitor and various other roles. Cain frequently treads the boards at QPAC, most recently in Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine with shake & stir theatre co. His career has earned him two Matilda Awards and will bring his diverse experience to the stage once more.

O’Leary and Cain join previously announced leads Matt Day (Roger O. Thornhill) and Amber McMahon (Eve Kendall) who reprise their roles from the Melbourne season of North by Northwest.

The stellar cast line-up announced today also included Abigail McKern (Mrs Thornhill), Robert Menzies (Professor), Tom Davey(Leonard), Nicholas Bell (Newsreader), Peter Houghton (Gruzinski), Ezra Bix (Budnikov) and Roddy Peters (Bell Boy).

Combining the magic of film and theatre, this incredible production of Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense will be presented live on QPAC’s Lyric Theatre stage from 27 November 2018 for two weeks only.

Brisbane is only the second Australian city to experience this celebrated production following sell out seasons in Melbourne, the U.K. and Toronto.

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 and adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns; the creative team behindLadies in Black.

Don’t miss this lightning paced thriller that combines glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail. Playing in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre for a strictly limited season from 27 November, tickets are selling fast so you’d better run! To book go to qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.


‘Brilliantly reimagined … A-grade entertainment’ –★★★★
Herald Sun

‘Strokes of theatrical genius … slick and thoroughly entertaining’- ★★★★
The Age

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


By special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

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


QPAC and Kay & McLean Productions present:

North by Northwest


WHEN:                                                                        27 November to 9 December 2018

WHERE:                                                                     Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Centre, South Bank, Brisbane

Skye Leong
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