First Look Friday - The Girl on the Train

First Look Friday - The Girl on the Train

Posted On: Jul 19, 2019
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    Opening next week, we tell you everything you need to know about The Girl on the Train at the Duke of York's Theatre

    Adapted from the international phenomenon and bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins' - The Girl on the Train, is now a gripping new play starring Samantha Womack that will keep you guessing until the final moment.

    Rachel Watson 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.

    The Girl on the Train began as a novel by Paula Hawkins in 2015 and received huge critical acclaim. The bestseller then became a household name when it was adapted for the big screen the following year in a Dreamworks film starring Golden Globe Award-winning actress Emily Blunt.

    Samantha Womack, who plays the leading role of Rachel, has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1's EastEnders with leading roles in Mount Pleasant and Game On, plus the recent box office hit films, The Kingsman series.

    Starring alongside Womack will be Alex Ferns as Detective Inspector Gaskill, Marc Elliott as Dr Kamal Abdic and Philip McGinley as Scott Hipwell. They are joined by the rest of the cast, which includes Kirsty Oswald (Megan Hipwell), Adam Jackson-Smith (Tom Watson), Lowenna Melrose (Anna Watson), Matt Concannon (ensemble) and Phillipa Flynn (ensemble).

    The Girl on the Train is directed by Anthony Banks. A former Associate Director of the National Theatre, Anthony Banks’ many recent credits include the thrillers Strangers on a Train, based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, and Gaslight. Furthermore, set and costumes are designed by James Cotterill, lighting by Jack Knowles, sound by Ben and Max Ringham, projection design by Andrzej Goulding and fights by Alison de Burgh.

    Talking about The Girl on the Train*, Samantha Womack has 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.'

    Here's our top picks of The Girl on the Train's incredible critics reviews:


    4 stars
    'This is a must. Don't miss it.'


    'A first class thriller filled with dramatic twists and turns be sure to grab a ticket'

    Paula Hawkins

    'You could hear a pin drop. Everyone was holding their breath'

    At the Duke of York's Theatre, from 23 July to 17 August 2019, book your The Girl on the Train tickets today!

    Three photos of Philip McGinley and Samantha Womack onstage in The Girl on the Train at the Duke of York's Theatre

    *In an article for the Evening Standard

    Photo credit - Manuel Harlan.