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The Girl on the Train with Samantha Womack to run in the West End

The stage adaptation of the novel will have a limited run at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Samantha Womack in The Girl on the Train
Samantha Womack in The Girl on the Train
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Samantha Womack will star in The Girl on the Train in the West End this summer.

Womack, who has been playing the lead role of Rachel in the show during its UK and Ireland tour, will now take on the role at Duke of York's Theatre in London from 23 July to 17 August.

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 Addams Family musical and films including Kingsman. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders. Further casting or the London run to be announced.

The Girl on the Train is adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel and is directed by Anthony Banks with set and costumes by James Cotterill, lighting by Jack Knowles, sound by Ben and Max Ringham, projection design by Andrzej Goulding and fights by Alison de Burgh.

The show opened originally at the Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse) and starred Jill Halfpenny. In our four-star review of the show, WhatsOnStage reviewer James Willstrop said: "I haven't seen a more engaging, absorbing hour of theatre this year."

You can buy tickets for The Girl on the Train in the West End