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Samantha Womack to star in The Girl On the Train UK and Ireland tour

The show originally opened at Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse) earlier this year

Samantha Womack
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Samantha Womack is to take on the role of Rachel Watson in the UK and Ireland tour of The Girl on the Train.

The show is an adaptation of Paula Hawkins' thriller novel and the subsequent Dreamworks film. It follows Rachel who watches what she thinks of as the perfect couple from the train window every day, in order to escape a life she hates. When she finds herself a witness to a possible crime, her life changes completely.

Womack's previous stage roles include the recent The Addams Family musical and films including Kingsman. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders.

She 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."

Joining Womack in the cast is Oliver Farnworth as Scott, with further casting yet to be announced.

The production is directed by Anthony Banks with designs from James Cotterill. The show opened originally at the Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse) and starred Jill Halfpenny as Rachel. In our four-star review of the show, WhatsOnStage reviewer James Willstrop called it 'a must'.