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Preview: Girl on the Train at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Samantha Womack Leads All-Star Cast In The Girl On The Train

The Girl on the Train
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Monday 29th April – Saturday 4th May 2019

The thriller that gripped the world, The Girl on the Train, is coming to Newcastle next month in a brand new stage show. Based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel and starring Samantha Womack. Get ready to have your nerves rattled…

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.

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.  Samantha recently played Morticia in a tour of The Addams Family.

Samantha 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, who is best known for playing Andy Carver in Coronation Street plays Scott with 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 show is based on based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film.

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 designs by James Cotterill. 

Photos by Manuel Harlan

The Girl on the Train plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Monday 29 April – Saturday 4 May 2019. Evenings are 7.30pm and matinees Thu 2pm and Sat 230pm.  Tickets from £14.50 can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge) or book online at

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