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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 – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Paula Hawkins Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The publicity for this theatre version of the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins acknowledges its debt to the earlier adaptation into the DreamWorks film. But some of the novel’s authenticity is restored through its return home to a London location, a grittier, shabbier set of ...

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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 Marilyn Conspiracy – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Vicki McKellar and Guy Masterson Director: Guy Masterson Reviewer: Tom Ralphs On the 5th of August 1962 at 10.35 Marilyn Monroe was found unconscious. Almost six hours later the police were finally called to the scene. Officially Monroe had killed herself, but if that was the case, why did it take so long for the call to be made, ...

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Down The Dock Road – Royal Court, Liverpool

Les Dennis & Daniel Taylor in Down the Dock Road

Writer: Alan Bleasdale Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Alan Bleasdale wrote Down The Dock Road in 1976, based on his experiences working as what he terms an ‘insecurity guard’ on Birkenhead Docks. Forty years almost to the day after the original staging at the Liverpool Playhouse, the play returns to the stage. The original production spoke to the ...

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Beautiful Thing – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:5] Jonathan Harvey’s coming of age tale has wrongly been labeled in the past as a “Gay Play” but Nikolai Foster’s touchingly honest revival, which is now on a short UK Tour following a sell out season in London, really affirms this touching and often funny drama as the “Urban Fairytale” ...

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