About the showFollowing a national tour that left audiences gripped, The Girl On The Train transfers to the West End this summer. Starring Samantha Womack of Eastenders fame, catch this twisting and turning thriller in a strictly limited four-week run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 22 July.
Rachel Watson desolately hopes for something better in life, with a daily train journey providing some fleeting escapism as she watches a beautiful couple from the window. But when Rachel discovers that the wife she has been secretly watching has disappeared, escapism becomes very real; she soon becomes a witness – and potentially a suspect – in a wide-reaching and shocking crime.
The Girl On The Train was an instant hit upon publication in 2015, marking a success for author Paula Hawkins. A film adaptation quickly followed in 2016, starring Emily Blunt as Rachel. The Girl On The Train first opened on stage at Leeds Playhouse (formerly known as West Yorkshire Playhouse) in early 2018, starring Jill Halfpenny. It went on to tour across the UK, stopping off in cities including Southampton and Coventry.
Samantha Womack stars in The Girl On The Train at the Duke of York’s Theatre, after assuming the role on tour. She is best known to audiences as Ronnie Mitchell in Eastenders, with stage credits including The Addams Family and South Pacific.
The Girl On The Train was adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff (Flowers for Mrs Harris) and Duncan Abel. Anthony Banks directs, having previously worked on national tours of Gaslight and Strangers On A Train. The creative team also includes designer James Cotterill (Journey’s End, Fracked!).
Settle in for an evening of mind-bending revelations when The Girl On The Train arrives in London. Playing for a strictly limited run, the show opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 22 July 2019.