The Girl on the Train – Cast and Creatives

Rebecca Birch (Megan Hipwell) 

Theatre credits include: Horrible Christmas (Winter Gardens Blackpool/Birmingham Stage Company); My Mother Said I Never Should (London Classic Theatre); The Sea (NT Studios); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Hammersmith, Filter Theatre) ; The Secret Seven (Storyhouse); Alice in Wonderland (Grovesnor Park Open Air Theatre); The Beggar’s Opera (Storyhouse); A Tale of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate/Touring Consortium); Relative Values (Harold Pinter Theatre/Theatre Royal Bath); Variation on a Theme (FinboroughTheatre); Health Wealth (Old Vic New Voices); Pygmalion (Garrick Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre); The Master Builder (Chichester Festival Theatre). Television credits include: The Commuter – Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick (Leftbank Picturesfor Channel 4/Sony Pictures); Victoria (Mammoth Pictures for ITV).

Ryan Cloud (Scott Hipwell) 

Ryan studied drama for three years in Bristol receiving a first class with honours degree. Ryan’s early theatre work includes productions at The Millenium Dome, RSC Swan Theatre, and Wyndham Theatre in London’s West End. In recent years he stared as the lead role Tyler Durden in an underground London stage production of Fight Club, based on the movie starring Brad Pitt, and has performed in a number of projects with renowned Complicité theatre company. Ryan’s other notable credits involve working with theatre director Zoé Ford (RSC, National Theatre) in her 5* adaptation of Titus Andronicus at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Arcola Theatre in London.

Ryan’s television credits include roles in BBC series Holby City to playing the lead role in the epic fantasy series Legend of Cambria (narrated by actor Colin Farrell) and a television project directed by Joanna Lumley, OBE (Absolutely Fabulous) narrated by Dominic West (The Wire).

Ryan’s screen credits also include a feature film version of Macbeth and he recently filmed the lead role of Clay in The Mad Shagger for BFI/Creative Scotland. He has travelled the world on numerous commercial campaigns and motion capture projects. 

Laura Matthews (Rachel Watson) 

Laura trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes: Lady Marguerite Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel  (Theatre Royal Bath/Pins and Needles): Cynthia/Ursula/Jenny/Tilly in A Brief History of Women (World Premiere in 59E59 Theater New York); Kitty in Taking Steps, Alison in the world premiere of No Knowing ( both Stephen Joseph Theatre); Zoe in Henceforward (UK Tour/ Stephen Joseph Theatre); Gwendoline in Ernest and The Pale Moon (Les Enfants Terribles, Edinburgh Festival/UK Tour and Soho Theatre); Alice in Dick Whittington and His Cat (Salisbury Playhouse), Portia in The Merchant of Venice (GB Theatre UK Tour); Christine Patterson in One Man, Two Guvnors, The Doctor’s Daughter in London Assurance (both National Theatre); Xanthe in We’re All In It Together (Theatre503); Ensemble in Ferment: Select a Quest (Bristol Old Vic); Brooke Ashton in Noises Off! (Ambassadors Theatre Group/UK Tour). Television includes: Call The Midwife (Neal Street Productions); Doctors (BBC Television); East-enders (BBC Television). Film includes: Pride (Proud Films). Radio includes: The Shape of The Table, Falco: Poseidon’s Gold (both for BBC Radio). Voiceover includes: Aardman Animations (The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama).

Jonathan McGarrity (DI Gaskill) 

Jonathan actually studied Law at Newcastle University and worked in Finance before changing careers and retraining as an actor, graduating from The Arts Educational Schools London in 2015. He has appeared in a number of independent short films, as well as playing roles in Coronation Street and the popular Outlander series. His real passion is theatre, however, and he has performed in a number of contemporary plays including The Censor (The Hope Theatre); Fucking Men (The King’s Head Theatre) and the UK No.1 Tour of The Fully Monty. A lover of classical theatre, Jonathan has performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, An Ideal Husband and various Shakespeare site-specific shows, all with Butterfly Theatre Company and has performed in two rare cue-scripted productions of The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew. 

Caroline Moroney (Anna Watson) 

Caroline trained at RADA. Her theatre credits include: Midsummer Nights Dream, Frankenstein (Aquila theatre company, American tour); Science, Penelope Skinner (RADA Studios); Persuasion (Manchester Royal Exchange); A Collection of Cells (HighTide); Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Creation Theatre Company); A Subject of Scandal and Concern (Finborough Theatre); The Spill (Old Red Lion Theatre). 

Varun Raj (Kamal Abdic) 

Varun Raj has a BA (Hons) Psychology and Drama degree from the University of Winchester along with an MA from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Recent screen credits include: Shakespeare & Hathaway (TV), Baar Baar Dekho (feature film) and Gold (feature film). Recent stage credits include: Mushy (Watford Palace/UK Tour); The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse (Unicorn Theatre) and Dubailand (Finborough Theatre).

James Sheldon (Tom Watson) 

Theatre credits include: Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer, Orlando in As You Like It, Banquo/Duncan/Ross/Seyton in Macbeth, Demetrius/Lorenza/Dromio/Claudio in Thy Eternal Summer, Dumaine/Holofernes in Love’s Labours Lost, Little John in Robin Hood (all for Guildford Shakespeare Company); Mr Lockwood in Wuthering Heights (Oxford Shakespeare Company); Adolf in Creditors and Jean in Miss Julie (Jermyn Street Theatre); Dr George Banner / Lawrence Walters in After the Dance, Jacques de Boys in As You Like It , Jean in Miss Julie (all for Theatre by the Lake); Andy in Align (Theatre 503); Nicholas in The Dover Road (Close Quarter Productions); Mark in Eigengrau (The King’s Head Theatre); Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and Charles Bruno in Strangers on a Train (both for The English Theatre Frankfurt); Mark in Eigengrau (Strip Theatre); Uncle in The Perfect Boy (The Bargehouse); Henry VIII in Anne Boleyn (Stratford Circus); Willy Wax in Rocket to the Moon, Soranzo in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Steve in August Osage County and James in Harper Regan (all for Rose Bruford); Pa in Rise Up (Theatre Centre);  Dorset in Richard III (Pendley Shakespeare); Prince Charming in both, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty (H2 Organization). Television credits include: Andrew in Grantchester (ITV); PC Adam Striker in Casualty (BBC); Ed Turnham and Soldier in Doctors (BBC).

Psyche Stott (Director)

Psyche is a freelance Theatre Director. Prior to the Pandemic her work has taken her to Rome, Australia, Europe and throughout the UK, enabling her to work in Regional Theatre, West End as well as on National and International Tours. It is a privilege to return to The English Theatre Frankfurt. Her previous production for ETF was Lucy Kirkwoods The Children. She was halfway through rehearsals for The Secret Life of Humans by David Byrne until the world went on pause. Most recently she directed a workshop of a new musical currently titled Power Play. Something to watch out for in the future!

In 2006 she won the Channel 4 Regional Directors Award (now the Regional Theatre Young Director Award) enabling her to take up the role of Director in Residence, whilst mentored by Erica Whyman at Northern Stage alongside a wealth of international visiting artists including Robert Lepage and his company Ex-Machina, who spent six weeks in residence with Northern stage developing Lypsynch. Psyche continued with Northern Stage as Associate Director for their UK tour of Our Friends in the North. Training also includes the National Theatre Studio. She has been a regular guest Director for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is on the audition panel for RADA. Most recently directing Against by Christopher Shinn.

Other previous productions for RADA include: Suddenly Last Summer and Something Unspoken, Kindertransport, The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, Women of Twilight. 

Directing Highlights include: Jekyll & Hyde, a new adaptation (Story House, Chester);  The Children (The English Theatre Frankfurt); NSFW (Platform Theatre London); The 20th anniversary production of David Farrs, Elton John’s Glasses (Watford Palace Theatre); The Fighting Bradfords, new commission (Gala Theatre, Durham); Blue Remembered Hills (Northern Stage & UK Tour); Skylight (Teatro Dell’Orologio, Rome); Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean (Old Joint Stock Theatre); The Australian Premiere of the Award winning British hit comedy Calendar Girls (for Gordon Frost Organization, Lyric Theatre, QPAC Brisbane, Theatre Royal Sydney and Comedy Theatre Melbourne); Calendar Girls (Jan – Apr 2010 Chichester Festival Theatre and New UK Tour); Pub Quiz (New Writing North and Northeast Theatre Consortium Regional Tour). Directing for BBC Radio: Brian Friel’s Hedda Gabler (produced by Sparklab for BBC Radio 4.

Ruari Murchison (Set and Costume Designer)

Design credits include: Mappa Mundi, Frozen, The Waiting Room, The Red Balloon (National Theatre); Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company); Othello (Trafalgar Studios); The Solid Gold Cadillac (Garrick); A Busy Day (Lyric Theatre); Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftsbury Theatre); The Snowman (Peacock Theatre); Toyer, Betty and Jane (Arts); The Three Sisters on Hope Street, The Glass Room, Gone to L.A. (Hampstead Theatre); Henry IV parts I and II (Washington Shakespeare Company, USA); West Side Story, The Sound of Music (Stratford Festival, Canada); Hamlet (Elisnore, Denmark); Oleanna, Educating Rita, Pravda, The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound (Chichester).

Ruari has designed for almost all the regional theatres in the United Kingdom including; Birmingham Rep (Associate Artist), West Yorkshire Playhouse, Northern Stage, Watford Palace, Bristol Old Vic, Nottingham Playhouse, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Derby Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatr Clwyd, Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.

 Opera credits include: Der Freischütz (Finnish National Opera); Peter Grimes, Cosi fan Tutte (Luzerner Oper); La Cenerentola, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Garsington); L’Italiana in Algeri (Buxton); Les Pelerins de la Mecque, ZaZa (Wexford).

Ballet credits include: Bruise Blood (Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company),  Landschaft und Erinnerung (Stuttgart Ballet, Germany); The Protecting Veil (Birmingham Royal Ballet), The Snowman (Seoul, London, Birmingham Rep, Tour).

Herbert Homer-Warbeck (Sound Designer)

Sound Designer and Composer Herbert Homer-Warbeck studied Sound Design at RADA. His recent work includes: Bitterenders (Arcola Theatre); You Game (Murphy Ra Productions); Gaslight (First Floor Presents and Katie Berglof); Ulverton (Sound Design and Composition, BBC Radio 4, The Waters Company); A Mother (Sound Design and Composition, Barker January Productions) and Baby, What Blessings (Three Sisters).

Neill Brinkworth (Lighting Designer)

Theatre credits include: Alice’s Adventures Underground (Irish National Opera); The Little Prince, The Dark (Fuel Theatre); Jekyll & Hyde (Chester Storyhouse); Hansel & Gretl (revival – San Francisco Opera); The Border (Theatre Centre); Dark Sublime , As Is, Dessa Rose, Step 9 of 12; Tape (all Trafalgar Studios); The Firm, The Meeting (Hampstead Theatre); Blank (NT Connections, Dorfmann Theatre); Billy the Kid (NYMT, Leicester Curve); Mozart v Machine (Mahogany Opera); Coat (Apples & Snakes, Roundhouse); Tamburlaine (Yellow Earth); In the Night Garden Live (Minor Entertainment); Children of Killers (NT Connections, Olivier Theatre); Lohengrin (revival – Greek National Opera, Polish National Opera); Sweat Factory (YMT, Sadlers Wells); Dido & Aeneas (English Touring Opera; The  Battle of Boat (NYMT Kingston Rose);  Café Chaos (The Kosh); The Seagull (Arcola); Jephthe (English Touring Opera); Strauss Gala (Raymond Gubbay); Bridgetower (City of London Festival/ETO); Vincent River (Old Vic productions); The Tin Solider (peut etre); Lysistrata, Agamemnon (Cambridge Arts Theatre); Seven Pomegranate Seeds (Oxford Playhouse).

Associate Lighting Design: Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Apollo, West End); Symbionts (Wayne McGregor Dance); Lohengrin (WNO); Ludd & Isis (ROH); O (Michael Clark Dance Company); Maria Stuarda (Opera North).

Angela Gasparetto (Movement Director)

Theatre work includes: The Long Song (Chichester Festival Theatre, upcoming); Against (RADA); Love & Information (LAMDA); The Tyler Sisters (Hampstead Theatre); Earthquakes in London (GSMD); One Under (Graeae & Theatre Royal Plymouth); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre); Blood Knot (Orange Tree Theatre); Eden (Hampstead Theatre); Home (Nearly There Yet Theatre); The Tempest (Royal Exchange Young Company); Frankenstein (Royal Exchange); Bunny (White Bear & Tristan Bates); Wish List (Royal Exchange & Royal Court); It Is So Ordered (Pleasance); Faith Hope & Charity (Southwark Playhouse); Sizwe Banzi is Dead (Young Vic); Emma Thompson Presents: Fair Trade (Latitude & Rich Mix). Circus work includes: Jon Udry Punches Gravity in the Face (Jon Udry); Life on Wheels (Bella Kinetica). Angela holds an MA Movement Studies (RCSSD), is Resident Movement Director for Pied Piper Theatre and teaches at RADA.

 Paul Benzing  (Fight Director)

Theatre credits include: War Horse (West End and tour),  Emperor and Galilean, Antigone and The Chekov Trilogy (National Theatre); Elf: The Musical (Dominion); Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Private Lives (all West End); The Rehearsal (Chichester); Making Noise Quietly (Donmar Warehouse); West Side Story (Sage, Gateshead); Wild Oats (Bristol Old Vic); The Three Musketeers (Southampton and Basingstoke); Journey’s End (Comedy); Hamlet (Young Vic and Nuffield, Southampton); National Anthem (Old Vic); Lear and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Sheffield Crucible); Manchester Passion (BBC); A Clockwork Orange, Our Friends in the North and Blue Remembered Hills (Northern Stage); The Country Wife, The Sea and Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Black Comedy, Moonlight and Magnolias and Sleuth (Watermill, Newbury); Troilus and Cressida (Cheek by Jowl); West Side Story (Wandsworth Prison); Dreams of Violence and Flight Path (Out of Joint); Othello (Ludlow Festival); Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne);  Zadia (Classic Opera Company); What the Butler Saw and Beasts and Beauties (Hampstead); Seven Acts of Mercy (The RSC) and The Comedy of Errors, Into the Woods and Hansel and Gretel (Regent’s Park) and The Children (The English Theatre Frankfurt).  

Melanie Schöberl  (Assistant Costume Design)

Melanie`s first experience as a costume designer was for the Chaincourt Theatre Company at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. In 2006 she worked as a costume assistant for the choreographer/director Wanda Golonka on Crave by Sarah Kane. During the same year she was part of the creative team of the Sebastian Hartmann production Being Lawinky. She did costume design for The Threepenny Opera, The Crucible and Master Class. 

Her work for ETF as assistant costume designer includes The Who`s Tommy, Rain Man, Breaking the Code, Sweet Charity, Good People, The Ruling Class, Saturday Night Fever, Venus in Fur, The Collector, Other Desert Cities, Death and the Maiden, The Glass Menagerie, The Life, Disgraced, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Spamalot, Handbagged, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Pygmalion, Jekyll & Hyde, Hand to God, The Lion in Winter, Cabaret, Apologia, The Children, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sweeney Todd, The Effect and Switzerland.

Georgia Dacey (Company Stage Manager, London) 

Georgia is a stage manager based in London. Georgia trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and enjoys working on original drama’s, immersive theatre and opera. She has worked with multiple theatre company’s including Chichester Festival Theatre, Opera Holland Park and London Pride.

Credits include: La Traviata Opera Holland Park (DSM), Dear Santa Norwell Lapley Productions (SM), Prides Got Talent London Pride (Head of Stage), Arabian Nights & The Three Musketeers Iris Theatre (ASM), Running Wild National Tour (Assistant Fabricator)  Peter Pan Chichester Festival Theatre (Props Assistant), Running Wild & A Christmas Carol Chichester Festival Theatre (ASM)

Marc Frankum CDG  (Casting Director)

Marc trained as an actor at Drama Centre London before moving into casting.


For The English Theatre Frankfurt, Marc has cast Switzerland, Secret Life of Humans, The Effect, Sweeney Todd, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Children, Apologia, Cabaret, The Lion in Winter, Jekyll & Hyde – the Musical, Hand to God, Pygmalion, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Handbagged, Spamalot, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Glass Menagerie, Disgraced, Death and the Maiden, Other Desert Cities, Ghost – the Musical and Strangers on a Train.


Marc has also cast Bang Bang (Northcott Theatre/UK Tour); The History Boys (Grand Theatre Wolverhampton); God of Chaos; The Kneebone Cadillac (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Cinderella; Aladdin (Theatre Royal Norwich); Baskerville; Aladdin; Moll Flanders; Pieces of String; Much Ado About Nothing; Clybourne Park; Noises Off; Macbeth (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Dracula (Touring Consortium Theatre Company); Tonight at 8.30, Mother Adam (Jermyn Street Theatre); I Capture the Castle (Palace Theatre Watford/Bolton Octagon);  Hand to God, The Woman in Black, The Duck House (all West End); The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night (Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank/Shakespeare’s Globe); Barbarians (Tooting Arts Club); When Blair had Bush and Bunga (Pleasance One); Out of Order, The Full Monty 2018/19 & 2016/17, The Band, Dial M for Murder, An Inspector Calls, End of the Rainbow, Calendar Girls (all UK Tours); Goodnight Mister Tom (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre/The Childrens Touring Partnership); Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse); The Mousetrap (60th Anniversary Tour);  The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse); Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre); Far Away (Bristol Old Vic) and The History Boys (Theatre Royal Bath/West Yorkshire Playhouse) and was casting associate on Big, the Musical (Plymouth/Dublin); Good Canary (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Bodyguard (West End) and Elf – the Musical (West End/Plymouth/Dublin/Manchester) and casting consultant on Love on the Links (Salisbury Playhouse); The Dark Room (Theatre 503); Chinese Whispers (Greenwich Theatre).

Marc has worked alongside fellow Casting Director Sarah Bird on series 6 of Hustle, the BBC One Wales series Crash and various theatre productions.