the girl on the train
The Girl On The Train

Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre

Barrow Road, Kenilworth CV8 1FN

Monday 17th - Saturday 22nd April


A thrilling mystery adaptation of the best-selling novel

Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins and DreamWorks film 

Adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel

Director: Sam Harris

The Girl On The Train

Sam Harris


The Girl on the Train started life as a novel by Paula Hawkins, an Oxford-educated journalist and writer. It debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2015, remaining there for 13 consecutive weeks. The book was adapted into two movies: first in 2016 by DreamWorks in English, and then again in 2021 by Reliance Entertainment in Hindi.

The play was first performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse on 12 May 2018. Directed by Joe Murphy, the production featured Jill Halfpenny as Rachel Watson. In 2019, the play toured, this time directed by Anthony Banks and featured Samantha Womack as Rachel. 

The novel is told through the eyes of the 3 women in the story, Rachel, Megan and Anna, whereas the play, as you will see, is very much Rachel’s perception of the world around her and the people within it. The play deals with a variety of difficult issues, some of which, some of our audience may have experienced. During the rehearsal process, we have, therefore, focused on exploring these issues and how they relate to the characters that they affect, to try and ensure that the reactions and situations ring true. Due to the episodic nature of the play and the pace at which the story unwinds, there is a temptation to forget the emotional journey that Rachel goes on throughout. We were determined not to do this and to create a story that not only thrills but also makes the audience think about the nature of relationships and the danger that love can put us in.

Monday 17th April at 7:30pm
Tuesday 18th April at 7:30pm
Wednesday 19th April at 7:30pm
Thursday 20th April at 7:30pm
Friday 21st April at 7:30pm
Saturday 22nd April at 7:30pm


Rachel Watson – Katie-Anne Ray
DI Gaskill – Dan Gough
Tom Watson – Alasdair Stewart
Anna Watson – Ellie Wellicome
Megan Hipwell – Alice Scott
Scott Hipwell – Matt Baxter
Kam Abdic – Ben Wellicome
Company – Siobhan Twomey, Colin Ritchie and Rob Jones

Director – Sam Harris
Stage Manager – Jo Gough
ASM – Julian Rosa
Wardrobe – Emily Tuff and Saira Roper
Props – Laura Henderson and Amanda Jones
Lighting – Nigel Elliott
Sound – James Harris
Set Design– James Harris
Fight Director –
Dan Gough

Please note that this play contains themes of emotional and physical abuse with the use of some expletive language and as such is recommended for adults and children over the age of 15. 


Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre

Barrow Road, Kenilworth CV8 1FN

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