Gripping stage thriller The Girl on the Train pulls in to HMT from September 3-7, direct from a four week run in London’s West End this July and August.
Starring Samantha Womack in the lead role as Rachel Watson, the stage production is based on the internationally acclaimed number one best‐selling novel by Paula Hawkins, while the Dreamworks film has been breaking box office records and playing to packed houses since it opened in Milton Keynes in January.
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.
Aberdeen Performing Arts Chief Executive, Jane Spiers, said: “This production will be coming to Aberdeen fresh from a four week run in London, so we really are bringing the West End straight to the North East. It’s a captivating show with an amazing cast who keep you on the edge of your seat and it will be a real treat for HMT audiences.”
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. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders. Other television credits include roles in 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. Samantha recently played Morticia in a tour of The Addams Family.
Samantha added: ‘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.’
The cast also includes: former Coronation Street star Oliver Farnworth as Scott, 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 with Matt Concannon in the ensemble.
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 set and costumes by James Cotterill, lighting by Jack Knowles, sound by Ben & Max Ringham, projection design by Andrzej Goulding and fights by Alison de Burgh.
Tickets are on sale now and are available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122, or visit one of our box offices in person at His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall or the Lemon Tree.