A DAY of events dedicated to director Alfred Hitchcock takes place next week.

Writer and actor Tony Phillips is presenting two performances of his latest work Strangers On Another Train, which is hosted by the British Schools Museum as part of this year’s Hitchin Festival.

The re-working of the Hitchcock classic pairs Irwin Sparks, frontman of the top-selling band The Hoosiers, with rising star Lily Norman.

Francis (Norman) boards the train at Hitchin, bound for the Cambridge Film Festival and is offered a seat by a slightly odd young man called Lawrence (Sparks). Before long, they are alone in the carriage, the train stops and murder is mentioned.

There is a 3pm matinee and a 7.30pm evening performance of this one-act chiller next Thursday, July 19, sandwiched between a 4.30pm talk on Hitchcock by TV and radio star Paul Ross, who will also interview the play’s author.

Tony will also be reading extracts from his forthcoming autobiography Rock Me Gently at 6pm.

Tickets, priced at �10 for the play and �6 for the talk, are available from the museum in Queen Street, Hitchin, or through the Hitchin Festival box office. Visit www.britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk/events or www.hitchin-festival.co.uk for more information or to book.