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Strangers on a Train: edge-of-the-seat drama at Cambridge Arts Theatre


By Caroline Harland


Jack Ashton in Strangers on a Train. Picture: Helen Maybanks
Jack Ashton in Strangers on a Train. Picture: Helen Maybanks

This new production, based on the 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith and made famous a year later by the Alfred Hitchcock film, is on until Saturday, March 3.

Hannah Tointon and Jack Ashton in Strangers on a Train. Picture: Helen Maybanks
Hannah Tointon and Jack Ashton in Strangers on a Train. Picture: Helen Maybanks

Starring Jack Ashton (Call the Midwife), Christopher Harper (Coronation Street), John Middleton (Emmerdale) and Hannah Tointon (Mr Selfridge), this spine-chilling tale is an absolute delight from start to finish.

A fateful encounter takes place between two men, expertly played by Ashton and Harper, in the dining carriage of a train crossing America. A daring and dangerous plan develops from this casual conversation setting in motion an alarming chain of events.

The production was absolutely fantastic, and was one of the best plays I’ve seen in a long time. All the actors played their parts brilliantly and the way the set was designed was enthralling and extremely clever.

The dashing Jack Ashton recently told the Cambridge Independent: “From the minute the play starts to the minute it finishes, I don’t think there’s any let-up in energy and angst” – and he was certainly right about that.

Strangers on a Train. Picture: Helen Maybanks
Strangers on a Train. Picture: Helen Maybanks

Strangers on a Train is on at the Cambridge Arts Theatre until Saturday, March 3.

The play starts at 7.45pm, with matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets: £19-£39. All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee.

Strangers on a Train poster
Strangers on a Train poster

cambridgeartstheatre.com



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