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The Girl on the Train – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Paula Hawkins Adapters: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Simon Topping The scene is set in a grim London flat, with the main character being sick into a pizza box. Welcome to the addled world of only just functioning alcoholic, Rachel Watson (Samatha Womack). Rachel’s life has fallen apart, her husband has divorced her and remarried ...

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The Girl on the Train – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Paula Hawkins Adaptors: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Dan English  A missing girl and an alcoholic struggling to get a grip on reality combine in this highly stylish adaptation of the hit thriller The Girl on the Train. Samantha Womack is Rachel Watson, a woman finding it hard to adapt following a messy divorce from ...

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The Girl on the Train – Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writers: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, based on the book by Paula Hawkins Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: James Garrington Rachel Watson’s life is a mess. Divorced, she’s living surrounded by rubbish, a large number of empty bottles, and blank periods in her memory. She longs for a different life – a life of love and happy-ever-after, of a partner and ...

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The Girl on the Train – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Paula Hawkins Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys British writer Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel The Girl on the Train became a runaway best-seller around the globe, with a Hollywood movie adaptation following on its heels quickly a year later, albeit with a re-setting to New York instead of London. Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan ...

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The Girl on the Train – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, based on the book by Paula Hawkins Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Rachel’s life is in ruins. Her once perfect marriage to Tom is over thanks to her alcoholism and her behaviour when drunk; indeed, she gets so drunk, she has blackouts and often can’t remember exactly what she has done. To add ...

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The Real Thing – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Claire Hayes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing dazzled when it was first produced in 1982, both for the intelligence and precision of his writing and the performances of Felicity Kendal and Roger Rees in the leading roles. Thought to be one of his most autobiographical plays, its themes of marital infidelity and the pursuit of ...

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The Dresser – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Dresser

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is always a slightly guilty pleasure felt in laughing at a play which is based on a harrowing subject, but as well as being a first-rate production of a well-written play, The Dresser at Chichester is extremely amusing, partly because of Ronald Harwood’s tight script and partly because the players, ...

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The First Man – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Anthony Biggs Reviewer: Maryam Philpott London is awash with premieres in October. Over in Leicester Square, the London Film Festival welcomes the first UK, and in some cases the world, showings of the latest artistic movies attended by the cream of Hollywood. But only a few minutes away down a tiny road near Piccadilly Circus The ...

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