Theatre Review: North By Northwest – Arts Centre Melbourne (performances until February 13)

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller film North by Northwest has become a stage sensation, and its return season has confirmed just how extraordinary this theatrical reimagining is.

Given the technicalities of film it really begged the question: how were they going to put this onto the stage? Well, I’m not going to tell you. This is a show that must be seen to be believed, and there will be no spoiler coming from me.

What I can tell you is that the reprised performances from Matt Day as Roger O. Thornhill and Amber McMahon as Eve Kendall are incredible. They carry the show and lift it to new heights, but of course without the support of a stellar cast, this show would not be the success it is today.

Hitchcock is a genius and I have no doubt he would be more than impressed with the stage adaptation of his film. The pace, comedic timing and detail throughout the storyline had the audience hooked from the very moment all the commotion began, and while the opening credits of the film were something close and dear, you’re going to love the opening credits of the stage show – clever and on point.

Also quite sneaky is a special appearance from a certain someone who is known to pop in and say hello in most of these Hitchcock films. Again, we don’t want to give too much away but think literally this time.

North by Northwest is a theatrical triumph but if you’re wondering whether to see the film first or the stage show, well, it’s completely up to you. Just know that either way, it is a visual feast.


North by Northwest has performances until February 13. For more information visit

The reviewer attended the performance on opening night February 1.



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