Although Terry Johnson's Hitchcock Blonde finishes its limited season at the Lyric this month, the West End may not be short of the legendary British film director's influence for long. Producers are hoping to bring the stage adaptation of one of Hitchcock's earlier spy thrillers, 1935's The 39 Steps, into town in 2004. Based on John Buchan's novel, The 39 Steps revolves around Richard Hanney, a Canadian in London who, after attending a "Mr Memory" music hall performance, meets a beautiful young woman on the run from secret agents. He agrees to hide her in his flat but, when she's murdered and he's accused of the crime, he himself must go on the run. Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble's tongue-in-cheek stage adaptation was previously been seen in a 2001 touring production, which was directed by Richard Baron and starred Simon Williams and Catherine Rabett.