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Strangers on a Train - Richmond Theatre and on tour

Strangers on a Train - Cast Image.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A MAJOR new production of Strangers on a Train will tour the UK next year, visiting Richmond Theatre from February 19 to February 24, 2018.

Described as a masterful and gripping thriller, Strangers on a Train was written by Craig Warner and based on the taught psychological drama by the celebrated writer Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol), immortalised by Hitchcock’s Academy Award-winning film.

A fateful encounter takes place between two men in the dining carriage of a train crossing America. Guy Haines is the successful businessman with a nagging doubt about the fidelity of his wife. Charles Bruno is a cold, calculating chancer with a dark secret. A daring and dangerous plan develops from this casual conversation, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the two men’s lives forever.

Strangers on a Train is a spine-chilling tale combining dark wit with edge-of-the-seat tension.

The cast is led by Christopher Harper and John Middleton, with Jack Ashton and Hannah Tointon.

John Middleton (Detective Arthur Gerard) left Emmerdale earlier this year in a deeply moving storyline, having played the village’s beloved Vicar Ashley Thomas for over 20 years.

Christopher Harper – currently appearing as Coronation Street’s Nathan Curtis – plays the charismatic and manipulative Charles Bruno, a psychopathic playboy who has a chance encounter with a troubled stranger, Guy Haines, played by Jack Ashton (Call The Midwife‘s Tom Hereward).

Hannah Tointon, starring as Guy’s fiancé, Anne Faulkner, is famed for her roles in Mr Selfridge (alongside her sister, Kara), The Inbetweeners and Hollyoaks.

Strangers on a Train is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group and Smith and Brant Theatricals, and directed by Anthony Banks – the team behind the critically acclaimed and phenomenally successful tour of Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight.

Anthony Banks’ credits include this year’s hugely successful production of Gaslight starring Kara Tointon and Keith Allen, as well as Dennis Kelly’s DNA (National Tour); Bryony Lavery’s Cesario and More Light, Lucinda Coxon’s The Eternal Not and Michael Lesslie’s Prince of Denmark (National Theatre); Snoo Wilson’s Pignight (Menier Chocolate Factory); Mark Ravenhill’s The Experiment (Soho Theatre/Berliner Ensemble); Tennessee Williams’ The Hotel Plays; and Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie (Theatre Royal Bath/National Tour).

Banks was an associate director at the National Theatre until 2014 where he commissioned and developed one hundred new plays for NT Connections.

The tour opens at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on January 5, 2018, before continuing to Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Woking, Richmond, Cambridge, York, Aylesbury and Cardiff.