Every twist, every thrill, every hairbreadth escape from Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense is retained for this stunning new stage adaptation from director Simon Phillips and writer Carolyn Burns, starring Matt Day (Muriel’s Wedding, Spooks, Rake) in the title role made famous by Cary Grant.

Roger O. Thornhill is a suave and successful advertising executive, abducted by thugs who insist he is a man called George Kaplan. There’s obviously been a mix up. When they don’t believe him, that’s infuriating. When they try to kill him, that’s frightening. And when they pin a murder on him, that’s time to run!

From New York to North Dakota, Thornhill is chased by spies, Feds, crop-dusting planes and the inevitable cool blonde. Years before the James Bond films there was North by Northwest – a lightning paced thriller that mixed glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail.

And now, in an extraordinary collaboration between MTC, Kay + McLean Productions and Warner Bros. Theater Ventures, Melbourne audiences can enjoy the World Premiere of this unmissable theatrical spectacular, where the magic of film and theatre collide live on stage.

News & Reviews



Brilliantly reimagined … A-grade entertainment

Herald Sun

a zippy and hilarious night in the theatre

Time Out

Gleefully imaginative and executed with remarkable precision.

The Australian

a whimsical journey from screen to the stage

Daily Review


Extend Your Experience

There are many ways you can extend your theatre experience with MTC.

Pre-show dining

Prepare to enter the world of espionage before the show with our exclusive dining package in a specially-themed area of Café Vic at Arts Centre Melbourne. Start with a mini R.O.T. martini or gimlet amongst the corn fields, then enjoy a two course dinner with matching wines created by Executive Chef Darryl Hand. Continue your experience after the show with a delicious cheese and dessert buffet, served with tea and coffee under “Mount Rushmore”.
View the full menu.

Cost: $55 per person
Booking: You will be given the option to book your dining package as you book your tickets – simply follow the prompts. If you have already booked your tickets to North by Northwest but would like to add an Espionage dining package, please call Cafe Vic on 03 9281 8071.

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Attendance Information

  • Contains loud noises, and the use of herbal cigarettes

  • This production will be Auslan interpreted on 20 June (4pm), captioned on 27 June (4pm) and audio described on 30 June (6.30pm) and 4 July (4pm, with tactile tour at 3pm). If you wish to purchase tickets to these performances, please contact the Box Office on 8688 0800 or

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