I saw a stage adaptation of The Girl On The Train at Leeds Playhouse a while ago, though I’m not sure if this latest tour is a new adaptation entirely. What I do know, though, is the hit book by Paula Hawkins makes for an excellent stage show.
Rachel Watson longs for a different life, but when the woman she’s been secretly watching through the train window every day disappears she finds herself a witness… and even a suspect. It’s a thrilling mystery and a story that will have audiences hooked.
EastEnders star Samantha Womack will play the lead role of Rachel. She’s starred in television, film and theatre before, most recently playing Morticia in the UK tour of The Addams Family. I saw her in the show and did think she was fantastic – though she was suited for that role in particular. I’m not sure how she will bring an innocent vulnerability to the role of Rachel, but the writer Paula Hawkins is certainly impressed.
Paula Hawkins said after watching the show: “Sam was amazing. You could literally hear a pin drop. Everyone was holding their breath”
Samantha added: “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 take it to even more theatres across the country.”
The cast also includes former Coronation Street star Oliver Farnworth as Scott, John Dougall as DI Gaskill, Naeem Hayatt as Kamal Abdic, Adam Jackson-Smith as Tom Watson, Lowenna Melrose as Anna Watson and Kirsty Oswald as Megan Hipwell.
Don’t miss the show when it comes to The Alhambra, Bradford, from 10th-14th September.