Everything you need to know about The Girl on the Train at the Duke of York’s
Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel of the same name, The Girl on the Train transferred to the West End as part of the show’s current national tour. Packed with thrilling moments, as well as unsuspecting twists and turns, find out more about the production here.
All you need to know about The Girl on the Train
What’s the storyline?
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. When Rachel learns that the woman she watches has seemingly disappeared, Rachel lands herself in the middle of a missing person investigation. Keeping audiences on tenterhooks until the final few moments, train tracks divert to unexpected stops in this thrilling production.
Has it been previously adapted?
After the critically-acclaimed success of Paula Hawkin’s 2015 novel, The Girl on the Train was adapted for the silver screen in 2016. The movie starred Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson, in a cast including Justin Theroux, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon.
Nominated for eight awards, The Girl on the Train was awarded best thriller film at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. Emily Blunt also received a nomination for best actress at the BAFTAs.
Who is starring in The Girl on the Train?
Samantha Womack played Rachel Watson in The Girl on the Train. Best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in Eastenders for a decade, Womack has appeared in productions including a national tour of The Addams Family as Morticia Addams, as well as Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre and South Pacific at the Barbican.
Further casting for The Girl on the Train is to be announced, but the current touring cast is completed by John Dougall, Lowenna Melrose, Kirsty Oswald, Adam Jackson Smith, Oliver Farnworth, Naeem Hayat, Phillipa Flynn and Matt Concannon.
What did critics say about The Girl on the Train?
“Womack’s heart-touching performance and the support she receives from the rest of the cast make this a gem of a piece to while away a couple of hours.”
“Samantha Womack holds your attention throughout, as she has done previously in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, South Pacific, and The Addams Family (also at The Lowry). There is something magnetic about her here, because she makes a deeply flawed character feel very sympathetic, even when her behaviour feels quite wrong. The Girl On The Train is a thrilling ride and, unlike many journeys on public transport, you get from A to B really quickly. It may be a bumpy ride but it is a very enjoyable one thanks in no small part to Samantha Womack.”
“As the drama speeds along to denouement, layer upon layer upon layer of intrigue and tension by turn obscure and reveal foreboding harbingers of a calamitous climax – even if you know whodunnit (for we are, when all is said and done, on classic murder-mystery territory here, notwithstanding the stylish, contemporary edge) you may well find yourself appalled all over again when the culprit responsible for wrecking so many lives is revealed.”
The Bath Magazine