The hugely successful tour of The Girl on the Train starring Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson will be visiting the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Monday 20 to Saturday 25 May 2019. The gripping thriller, based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film, has been breaking box office records and playing to packed houses since it opened in Milton Keynes in January.
Samantha plays Rachel Watson 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.
Paula Hawkins said after watching the show: ‘Sam was amazing. You could literally hear a pin drop. Everyone was holding their breath’
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 Circleand Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth. Samantha recently played Morticia in a tour of The Addams Family.
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 thilled to have the opportunity to take it to even more theatres across the country.’
The current 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. They are joined by Philippa Flynn and Matt Concannon in the ensemble. The complete cast for the autumn tour will be released later this year.
Paula Hawkins’ novel is an international phenomenon, selling over twenty million copies world-wide. Produced by Simon Friend, Amblin Entertainment and Josh Andrews, The Girl on the Train is adapted by Rachel Wagstaff & Duncan Abel and is directed by Anthony Banks with set and costumes byJames Cotterill, lighting by Jack Knowles, sound by Ben & Max Ringham, projection design by Andrzej Goulding and fights byAlison de Burgh.