The Girl On The Train, Duke of York's Theatre

The Girl On The Train tickets at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

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The Girl On The Train arrives at the Duke of York’s Theatre for its West End premiere this Summer.

Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.

Samantha Womack stars as Rachel Watson, a young commuter suddenly finding herself at the centre of a police investigation. Packed with twists and turns, boundaries are often crossed in this thrilling play where escaping reality is just a train ride away…

The Girl On The Train is booking from 23 July 2019 until 17 August 2019 at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

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.

WHO’S IN IT? THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN CAST

Samantha Womack will play Rachel Watson in The Girl on the Train. Samantha recently appeared in a national tour of The Addams Family, though she is perhaps best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in Eastenders from 2007-2011 and 2013-2017. Her previous stage credits include South Pacific at the Barbican and Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre.

CREATIVE TEAM

The Girl on the Train is adapted by Rachel Wagstaff & Duncan Abel and is directed by Anthony Banks with set and costumes by James Cotterill, lighting by Jack Knowles, composition and sound by Ben & Max Ringham, video by Andrzej Goulding and fights by Alison de Burgh.


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 17 August 2019

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Venue Information

Duke of York's Theatre, 45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176
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‘EastEnders’ Samantha Womack to star in ‘The Girl On the Train’

Samantha Womack is to star in the UK and Ireland tour of The Girl on the Train.

The stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ thriller novel and the subsequent Dreamworks film, will see Womack take on the role of Rachel Watson, famously played by Emily Blunt in the film.

Best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC One drama EastEnders, Womack was last on stage playing Morticia in a tour of The Addams Family.

Her numerous screen credits include films Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kingsman: The Secret Service and leading roles in tv series Mount Pleasant and Game On.

The show follows Rachel, a woman who watches the perfect couple from the train window every day in order to excape her own troubled life. When she finds herself a witness to a possible crime, her life changes completely.

Womack said: “Having been thoroughly captivated by the novel, the opportunity to take on a role like this is incredibly exciting. I’ve been fascinated by thrillers for a long time and this kind of storytelling, like Hitchcock’s Rear Window, offers us a voyeurs journey into a world which is dangerous and full of suspense.”

Joining Womack in the cast is Oliver Farnworth as Scott, with further casting yet to be announced.

The show previously ran at Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse) where it opened to mixed reviews.

The extensive tour opens on 21 January 2019 in Milton Keynes and will travel to Cheltenham, Southampton, Richmond, Southend, Leicester, Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Edinburgh, Salford, Bath, Glasgow, Northampton, Dartford, Coventry, Nottingham, Shrewsbury, Dublin, Belfast, Brighton, Sheffield, Norwich and Guildford.

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‘The Girl On The Train’ – Review Round-Up

A review round up for The Girl On The Train at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

The highly anticipated stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel The Girl on the Train has opened to crushingly low star ratings and harsh reviews at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Paula Hawkins’ novel was an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide. With a plot line that keeps you guessing right until the end, the play adaptation tells the story of Rachel Watson who longs for a different life.

A chronic alcoholic, Rachel’s 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.

Read a round-up of reviews below.

The Guardian, ★★★

“Is Paula Hawkins’s bestseller unadaptable?

Joe Murphy directs an adaptation of the 2015 thriller with Jill Halfpenny playing an amateur sleuth drawn to the case of a missing woman.

Here you feel that an eerily compelling novel, with its multiple narration and Hitchcockian voyeurism, has been turned into a workmanlike thriller and you focus more on what is missing than on any minor gains.

It’s one thing to give female protagonists agency, but it doesn’t need to be detective agency.

Joe Murphy does a decent job of staging the action and Lily Arnold’s design suggests we are glimpsing events through an enlarged carriage window.

Jill Halfpenny captures well Rachel’s dogged determination to get to the root of the truth, Colin Tierney is sympathetic as the cop.

Hawkins’s book resists adaptation and should be left in the hands of enthralled readers.”

Michael Billington, The Guardian

The Telegraph,

“Criminally bad stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’s international best-seller.

Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s version is as appealing as a British Rail sandwich: it has the capacity to get up the noses of the novel’s fans and may leave such a rancid aftertaste it might put people off theatre for good.

They’ve hacked away the description, voyeuristic and self-scrutinising, that gives the writing its lyrical lilt – saving only a bare sprig for the end.

we’re confined to the same drab multi-purpose interior (styled by designer Lily Arnold like an elongated compartment)

Don’t say you weren’t warned: on all points, failure.”

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

The Stage, ★★

“Lacking in tension.

If you were coming to the production with little knowledge of the source material, you’d struggle to understand its popularity.

For most of the first half, the play feels like a particularly pedestrian episode of Law and Order.

Megan and Anna. They’re flimsy as tissue paper, and the men – Tom, Megan’s volatile partner Scott, and Kamal, the sleazy therapist – aren’t much better developed.

Major revelations are robbed of their emotional wallop and, given that the production is supposed to be a thriller, it delivers very few thrills.”

Natasha Tripney, The Stage

The Times, [paywall]

“Menace and tension are obliterated in a teeth-grindingly slow production that is about as exciting as rush hour during a rail strike

This is a train wreck. Paula Hawkins’s 2015 novel was a phenomenal publishing success.

The adaptors Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel have assiduously erased every element that gives Hawkins’s otherwise rather workmanlike prose its queasy, prickly compulsion.

They’ve done away with the multiple viewpoints and blurred identities in favour of endless static, shouty face-offs and painful dialogue, strewn with walloping lumps of exposition and weak jokes.”

Sam Marlowe, The Times

The Yorkshire Post, ★★★★

“Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s smart adaptation is a hugely impressive piece of work

What makes this adaptation so impressive is that, whether or not you know the book or film, it still works.

The simple, but effective, staging which revolves around a single set adds to the sense of isolation that pervades this clever modern fable.

Jil Halfpenny not only heads an impressive cast she steals the show.”

Chris Bond, The Yorkshire Post

The Girl On The Train runs from 29 May 2018 until 9 June 2018 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Find tickets to The Girl On The Train at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

The Girl On The Train transfer to London’s West End and is now booking from 23 July 2019 until 17 August 2019 at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London.

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