On the road again . . .

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A NOVEL, not one but three films and a stage show: John Buchan’s The 39 Steps has retained its draw over the years.

The fast-paced spy comedy was written in 1914, which means it was thrilling audiences long before Daniel Craig stepped into 007’s suave shoes.

After playing all over the world – Broadway included – it returns home (sort of, as Buchan was from Perth) for a run at the Theatre Royal.

Patrick Barlow’s stage version is based on both the original text and Hitchcock’s 1935 adaptation, and features four brave actors taking on 139 roles (not bad for a 100 minute run).

At the centre of them all is Richard Hannay, who finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a spy saga, and rises to the occasion for King and country.

Join him on a journey from London to Scotland as he races to clear his name, and prevent the leak of top secret material – all the while sporting some spiffing tweeds.

n The 39 Steps runs at the Theatre Royal March 11-16.Tickets £12.50-£27, from 0844 871 7647 or www.atgtickets.com/glasgow.