Samantha Womack heads the cast as The Girl On The Train stops off in Southampton

The Girl on the Train Rehearsal - Samantha Womack (Rachel Watson) and Adam Jackson Smith (Tom Watson). Photo by Helen Maybanks
The Girl on the Train Rehearsal - Samantha Womack (Rachel Watson) and Adam Jackson Smith (Tom Watson). Photo by Helen Maybanks

Samantha Womack stars 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 major UK tour of The Girl on the Train comes to Mayflower Theatre next month from Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 February 2019.

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.

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. Further casting is yet to be announced.

Tickets for The Girl on the Train (5-9 February 2019) are on sale via Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at http://mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

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