A WEST End hit will be coming to Knutsford this week.

Knutsford Little Theatre is delighted to present Patrick Barlow's adaptation of The 39 Steps, by John Buchan which was memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935.

The play, which is still playing to packed houses in London's West End sold out when it toured the UK last year and is now thrilling audiences all over the world.

KLT is proud to be one of the very first groups to be granted a licence for an amateur performance.

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

This Olivier Award winning treat is packed with non-stop laughs, 130 zany characters – played by a cast of four – a steam train, the Forth Rail Bridge, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance.

Richard Hannay, a man bored with life, decides on a night at the theatre where he meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. He takes her home and she is murdered.

On the run, both from the police and from a mysterious organisation called The 39 Steps, Hannay relies on his wits to get him out of one scrape after another before finding himself handcuffed to the astonishingly beautiful, and agonisingly obstinate, Pamela.

Can he convince her of his innocence in time to learn the secret of The 39 Steps?

A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft leading to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

The production runs from Wednesday, March 9 to Saturday, March 12.

Tickets are £7 and may be reserved by calling 01565 873515.