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It has been announced today that Samantha Womack will star in a new production of The Girl On The Train, a gripping thriller based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 18 – 23 March.
Samantha plays Rachel Watson who 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.
Samantha Womack has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. Samantha recently played Morticia in a tour of The Addams Family at the Grand Theatre last year. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders. Other television credits include leading roles in Mount Pleasant and the hugely popular Game On. Her recent films include: Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth.
Samantha 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 Samantha in the cast is Oliver Farnworth as Scott. Best known for playing Andy Carver in Coronation Street, Oliver’s other TV credits include Mr Selfridge, The Royal and Hollyoaks.
Further casting is yet to be announced.
Paula Hawkins’ novel is an international phenomenon, selling over twenty million copies world-wide. Produced by Simon Friend, Amblin Entertainment and Josh Andrews, The Girl On The Train is adapted by Rachel Wagstaff & Duncan Abel and is directed by Anthony Banks with designs by James Cotterill.
Tickets for The Girl On The Train will go on sale to Friends of the Grand and members on Monday 24 September from 11am to book online and over the phone and 12pm in person at the Box Office. Tickets will go on sale to general public on Friday 28 September from 11am to book online and over the phone and 12pm in person at the Box Office.
Also going on sale with The Girl On The Train is:
The Singular Exploits Of Sherlock Holmes on Wednesday 16 January sees the greatest fictional sleuth of all time spring back to life in a stirring adaptation of the Conan Doyle classics. A high-energy, one-man show, featuring a plethora of dashing heroes, villainous rogues and vintage thrills! Featuring the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career, the show also includes autobiographical snippets detailing his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved. The performance is an affectionate one-man homage to the world’s greatest detective that includes quick costume changes and wry humour.
English Touring Opera’s Macbeth on Monday 25 March and Idomenea on Tuesday 26 March.
The witches have a prophecy: Macbeth will be king. But royalty comes at a price. The cost of power is betrayal, murder and revenge. Follow Verdi's Macbeth in a blood-soaked journey to the throne and watch a guilt-ridden Lady Macbeth descend into the depths of despair in English Touring Opera’s new production. Starring Grant Doyle (Macbeth) and Madeleine Pierard (Lady Macbeth) in Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play.
Returning from the Trojan War and caught in the midst of a storm, King Idomeneo promises the raging seas that he will sacrifice the first person he meets, in return for his safe passage. Cruelly, the first person he encounters is his only son, Idamante. The rivalry between the princesses Ilia and Elettra for the heart of Idamante coupled with a king’s ill-fated promise provide a rich, emotional drama and unforgettable music. Mozart’s Idomeno remains one the greatest of his ‘opera seria' (serious operas). This is an opera that explores royalty, high ideals and deep emotions.
“Look out ‘cause here it comes…” In Sing-A-Long-A The Greatest Showman on Saturday 30 March you can cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zach Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible - with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud as you want. A live host will teach you a unique set of dance moves that will truly make you come alive as they show how to use the interactive fun bags. Then you can sit back and relax and sing along to the lyrics on screen. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential. Please note this is a screening of the movie not a live stage show.
Elkie Brooks on Thursday 25 April. Long before the end of a live show and the frequent standing ovations that accompany it, there comes a point where Elkie does something so amazing that it leaves her audience almost spellbound. It could be a particularly emotional rendition of one of her ballads, a powerhouse blues vocal or one of her trademark impossibly long notes that leaves the audience mesmerised.
Jethro on Friday 26 April brings a brand new tour to Wolverhampton! The Count of Cornwall is back again with his unique style of comedy. Jethro will probably be remembered for years to come with so many people loving this hilarious country style. He is considered by many as the greatest comedy story teller that ever lived.
All You Need Is Love on Sunday 28 April is a unique concert spectacular featuring the music and immeasurable talents of The Beatles. After paying their dues in the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool and building their reputation in Hamburg, The Beatles unleashed their first single in the UK and went on to top the charts across the globe and change the world forever. Back in July 1967, and in the midst of the summer of love, The Beatles released All You Need Is Love as a standalone single. The simple message John, Paul, George and Ringo shared still stands true today. Backed by the National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, All You Need Is Love will fill you with nostalgia, joy and wonderment as we pass through the greatest and most iconic hits of the Fab Four, taking us back to the heyday of Beatlemania.
Tickets for all new shows will go on sale to Friends of the Grand and members on Monday 24 September from 11am to book online and over the phone and 12pm in person at the Box Office. Tickets will go on sale to general public on Friday 28 September from 11am to book online and over the phone and 12pm in person at the Box Office.
Tickets can be bought online at grandtheatre.co.uk, by calling 01902 42 92 12 or in person at the Box Office.
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