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Samantha Womack to star in The Girl on the Train - Richmond Theatre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SAMANTHA Womack is to star in a new production of The Girl on the Train, a gripping thriller based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film.

The Girl on the Train begins a major tour of the UK & Ireland on January 21, 2019 in Milton Keynes, visiting Richmond Theatre from February 11 to February 16.

Womack will play 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.

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 leading roles in Mount Pleasant and the hugely popular Game On. Her recent films include Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth. She also recently played Morticia in a tour of The Addams Family.

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.”

Oliver Farnworth

Joining Womack in the cast is Oliver Farnworth as Scott. Best known for playing Andy Carver in Coronation Street, Farnworth’s other TV credits include Mr Selfridge, The Royal and Hollyoaks.

Further casting is yet to be announced.

Produced by Simon Friend, Amblin Entertainment and Josh Andrews, The Girl on the Train is adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel and is directed by Anthony Banks with designs by James Cotterill.

To view trailer, click here.

Official Website.

Following the Milton Keynes dates (January 21-28), The Girl on the Train will tour to Cheltenham, Southampton, Richmond, Southend, Leicester, Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Edinburgh, Salford, Bath, Glasgow, Northampton, Newcastle, Dartford, Coventry, Nottingham, Shrewsbury, Dublin, Belfast, Brighton, Sheffield, Norwich and Guildford (July 8-13, 2019).