Theatre: North by northwest Following sell out seasons in Melbourne, the UK and Toronto, the triumphant stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is coming to Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) this November for a strictly limited season. 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 for two weeks only. Queenslanders Christen O’Leary and Leon Cain will join a stellar line up of talent for the triumphant stage adaption of North by Northwest, for the strictly limited season, which sees Brisbane as the second Australian city to experience this celebrated production following sell out seasons in Melbourne, the U.K. and Toronto. Christen O’Leary, a multi-award winning musical theatre star most recognised for recent roles in A Twelfth Night, Scenes 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 Heelers, State 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. Cristen and Leon join leads Matt Day (Roger O. Thornhill) and Amber McMahon (Eve Kendall) who reprise their roles from the Melbourne season of North by Northwest. 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 behind Ladies in Black. Everything you will recall from the original Hitchcock film, from drunken car rides down twisting roads, a love affair on a train, to the famous cliffhanger ending on Mount Rushmore is recreated live on stage. Don’t miss this lightning-paced thriller that combines glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail.