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The Girl on the Train transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Girl on the Train, starring Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson, is transferring to London’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited run from July 23 to August 17, 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 on a major tour since the beginning of the year.

Womack 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. Although she is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders, her other television credits include Silent Witness, Mount Pleasant and the hugely popular Game On. Her recent films include: Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth. And she recently played Morticia in a tour of The Addams Family.

Womack said: “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 thrilled to have the opportunity to bring it to the West End.”

Further casting for the London run will be announced in due course.

The Girl on the Train is currently in Nottingham and continues its UK and Ireland tour travelling to Shrewsbury, Dublin, Belfast, Brighton, Sheffield, Norwich, Guildford, Oxford, Canterbury, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Bradford, High Wycombe, Cambridge, Plymouth, Swindon, Bromley, Malvern, Woking, Eastbourne, Cardiff and Brighton.

To watch trailer, click here.

Duncan Macmillan’s new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm continues at the Duke of York’s Theatre until July 20, 2019.