Nathan Page and fan Ryan Wadsworth catch up during Adelaide rehearsals. (ABC News)
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Nathan Page is one of just four actors playing 139 roles in the show. He brings understatement in an age of hyperbole,” she said. A chance to see Australian actor Nathan Page on stage in Adelaide has prompted an overseas fan to ignore her fear of flying and travel to Australia.The production of the Hitchcock classic, The 39 Steps, is on target to become the State Theatre Company’s biggest-grossing production.Its star is possibly best known for his role as Jack Robinson in the television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.The TV show and Page in particular have an international following, including many fans online.When it was announced the Victorian-based actor would head State Theatre’s Adelaide production, Canadian fan Ryan Wadsworth booked her plane ticket despite her dislike of air travel.The chance to see Page on stage was too good to ignore, she said.”He’s incredibly generous with his fans and that’s why he has the loyalty that he has. (Supplied)
The Canadian plans to see the show twice during her 10-day visit and Page said he was flattered.”It’s wonderful, it’s gratifying and they’re my strongest support base and in an industry where you’re always putting yourself on the front line and it can be really cruel, when you have incredible support base there’s nothing to compare to it,” he said.The actor and his arguably biggest fan met briefly during the final rehearsals for the Adelaide shows.Page said the production was “Hitchcock on steroids” as it would have four actors playing 139 characters, which made for controlled mayhem off stage, an assessment with which director Jon Halpin agreed.”We actually have to rehearse just the costume changes as well so that out front it looks completely seamless,” he said.
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