Jill Halfpenny to star in world premiere of The Girl on the Train at West Yorkshire Playhouse
Full casting was announced today for the world premiere of The Girl on the Train, the brand new stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ gripping novel adapted by Rachel Wagstaff & Duncan Abel. Directed by Old Vic Associate Director Joe Murphy (Woyzeck, Old Vic), The Girl on the Train is produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with Simon Friend.
Television and stage star Jill Halfpenny, known for leading roles in Three Girls (BBC) and Liar (ITV) on the small screen, plus iconic stage musicals including Abigail’s Party, Chicago and Legally Blonde in the West End, will take the lead role of Rachel Watson, the disillusioned commuter who finds herself as a suspect in an extraordinary mystery.
Adam Best (Holby City, BBC, Hedda Gabler, National Theatre) takes the role of Rachel’s ex-husband Tom, Sarah Ovens (Two Way Mirror, Theatre by the Lake) will play Tom’s new wife Anna, Florence Hall (Lovesick, Netflix) will play Megan Hipwell and Theo Ogundipe (Cymbeline, Royal Shakespeare Company) will play Scott Hipwell.
Colin Tierney (Coronation Street, ITV) and Jonas Khan (Our Girl, BBC) complete the cast as D.I. Gaskill and Kamal Abdic.
Rachel Watson 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.
Director Joe Murphy said: “It is a thrill and privilege to be bringing such a loved book to the stage – even more so at the extraordinary West Yorkshire Playhouse. We have assembled a fantastic creative team and an incredible cast. Our version really allows us to explore the character of Rachel, seeing the whole story from her point of view, and having the incomparable Jill Halfpenny taking on the role ensures an exhilarating night for audiences.”
West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “I’m delighted to welcome Joe Murphy and such a strong cast and creative team to the Playhouse, and I can’t wait to support them in bringing this story to life. This new stage adaptation is by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel is not only a real dissection of character, which Joe is so skilled at interrogating, it’s also a thrilling piece of drama that delights and surprises. I can’t wait to share it with the people of Leeds.”
The Girl on the Train is designed by Lily Arnold, with Sound Design and Composition by Isobel Waller-Bridge, and Lighting Design by Lizzie Powell.