Read Reviews for London’s The Girl on the Train

The Verdict   Read Reviews for London’s The Girl on the Train
What did critics have to say about the play based on the best-selling novel?
Oliver Farnworth and Samantha Womack
Oliver Farnworth and Samantha Womack Manuel Harlan

Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller plays the Duke of York’s Theatre as part of a U.K. tour. Adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, the production, which began performances in the West End July 23, is directed by Anthony Banks.

The play follows Rachel, a middle-aged woman unsatisfied with her job and reeling after a breakup, who finds solace imagining the lives of a couple she sees each day from the window of her train commute. But when the woman she’s been watching disappears, Rachel wonders if she could be the key to finding her.

Hawkins’s novel was first adapted for the screen, starring Emily Blunt as Rachel. For the stage, EastEnders star Samantha Womack takes on the role. The cast also includes Alex Ferns, Kirsty Oswald, Philip McGinley, Adam Jackson-Smith, Lowenna Melrose, Marc Elliott, Matt Concannon, and Phillipa Flynn.

The production plays the Duke of York’s through August 17 before continuing on its tour.

See what critics thought of the show’s West End bow below.

The Arts Desk (Heather Neill)

The Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

London Theatre (Will Longman)

Time Out London (Andrzej Lukowski)

The Upcoming (Mary-Catherine Harvey)

The play features songs and sound design by Ben Ringham and Max Ringham, lighting design by Jack Knowles, production design by James Cotterill, and costumes by Sian Harris.

The Girl on the Train launched its U.K. national tour in January at the Milton Keynes Theatre. The London engagement is part of the U.K. tour that will continue on to Shrewsbury, Dublin, Belfast, Brighton, Sheffield, Norwich, Guildford, Oxford, Canterbury, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Bradford, High Wycombe, Cambridge, Plymouth, Swindon, Bromley, Malvern, Woking, Eastbourne, Cardiff, and Brighton.

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