The gripping thriller The Girl on the Train is currently on a tour of the UK, taking in Shrewsbury, Belfast, Brighton, Sheffield, Norwich, Guildford, Oxford, Canterbury, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Bradford, High Wycombe, Cambridge, Plymouth, Swindon, Bromley, Malvern, Woking, Eastbourne, Cardiff and Brighton. The show will transfer to the West End for a limited run at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre on St Martin’s Lane.
Based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the subsequent Dreamworks film adaptation, the play stars Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson, a woman who longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video featuring Samantha Womack:
Samantha Womack has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders. Other television credits include roles in Silent Witness, Mount Pleasant and the hugely popular Game On. Her recent films include: Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth. Samantha recently played Morticia in a tour of The Addams Family.
Samantha said: ‘I am absolutely loving playing Rachel in The Girl on the Train. She’s such an interesting character to play, and we’ve had a brilliant reception from our audiences who have been gripped by her story. This tour has already been the journey of a life-time and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring it to the West End.’
Paula Hawkins’ novel is an international phenomenon, selling over twenty million copies world-wide. Paula said after watching the show: ‘Sam was amazing. You could literally hear a pin drop. Everyone was holding their breath’
Produced by Simon Friend, Amblin Entertainment and Josh Andrews, The Girl on the Train is adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel and is directed by Anthony Banks, with set and costumes by James Cotterill, lighting by Jack Knowles, composition and sound by Ben and Max Ringham, video by Andrzej Goulding and fights by Alison de Burgh.
UK TOUR DATES
20 – 25 May 2019 Theatre Royal, Nottingham
27 May – 1 June 2019 Shrewsbury Theatre Severn
11 – 15 June 2019 Grand Opera House, Belfast
17 – 22 June 2019 Theatre Royal, Brighton
24 – 29 June 2019 Sheffield Lyceum
1 – 6 July 2019 Norwich Theatre Royal
8 – 13 July 2019 Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
15 – 20 July 2019 Oxford Playhouse
23 July – 17 August 2019 Duke of York’s Theatre, London
20 – 24 August 2019 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
26 – 31 August 2019 Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
3-7 September 2019 Her Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
10-14 September 2019 The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
17- 21 September 2019 Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
23 – 28 September 2019 Cambridge Arts Theatre
30 September – 5 October 2019 Theatre Royal Plymouth
7 – 12 October 2019 Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
14 – 19 October 2019 Churchill Theatre, Bromley
21 – 26 October 2019 Malvern Theatres
28 October – 2 November 2019 New Victoria Theatre, Woking
4 – 9 November 2019 Eastbourne Theatres
12-16 November 2019 New Theatre, Cardiff
19-23 November 2019 Blackpool Winter Gardens