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Thriller made famous by Hitchcock On Stage
Hitchcock made thriller Strangers on a Train into a renowned movie and now a stage production of the tale is coming to Birmingham. It's from the same team behind Gaslight - another theatre version of a story that Hitchcock immortalised on film.
The spine-chilling, gripping story is based on the world-renowned 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith, which is about a fateful encounter between two men in the dining carriage of a train crossing America.
Guy is the successful businessman with a nagging jealousy while Charles is the cold, calculating chancer with a dark secret. A daring and dangerous plan develops from this casual conversation setting in motion a chain of events that changes their lives forever.
Suspense and drama in Strangers On A Train
Packed with tension, wit and suspense, the plot should keep people on the edge of their seats from the start.
This stage version uses the play written by Craig Warner, which ran in London's West End in 2013, starring famous faces including Laurence Fox and MyAnna Buring.
This touring production stars Christopher Harper – currently appearing on the nation's screens as Coronation Street's Nathan Curtis - as the charismatic and manipulative Charles Bruno. While the stranger he meets on a train, Guy Haines, is played by Jack Ashton from Call The Midwife.
Among the rest of the cast is John Middleton as Detective Arthur Gerard. He left Emmerdale and his character of Vicar Ashley Thomas behind this year. There's also Hannah Tointon as Guy's fiancé. You may recognise her from her roles in Mr Selfridge (alongside her sister, Kara Tointon), The Inbetweeners and Hollyoaks.
Talking to Kara, this show is created by the team behind the 2017 tour of Gaslight. Gaslight was produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and also Smith and Brant Theatricals, and starred Kara Tointon and Keith Allen in Birmingham.
It's luxurious set and fine acting was well received during the tour, which included a stop off at New Alexandra Theatre at the beginning of 2017.
The team behind Gaslight (pictured) are also responsible for Strangers On A Train
As the "master of suspense", film director Alfred Hitchcock often took inspiration from thriller noir novels and plays. The 1952 film of Strangers on a Train was based on the novel but also involved Raymond Chandler in the writing of the screenplay.
Starring Farley Granger and Robert Walker, the film won awards but does differ in some ways to the original novel by Patricia Highsmith.
Alfred Hitchcock did a famous movie version of Strangers on a Train