A major new production of Strangers on a Train comes to Manchester Opera House in February starring John Middleton, Christopher harper, Hannah Tointon and Jack Ashton.

The masterful thriller is based on the 1950 psychological novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol) and was immortalised by Hitchcock’s Academy Award-winning film.  The play was written by Craig Warner.

Strangers on a Train is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group and Smith and Brant Theatricals with direction by Anthony Banks.  It is the same creative team as was behind the critically acclaimed and phenomenally successful tour of Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight.

What is Strangers on a Train about?

Strangers on a Train, which comes to Manchester Opera House during its UK tour, centres around a fateful encounter between two men in the dining carriage of a train crossing America. Guy Haines is the successful businessman with a nagging doubt about the fidelity of his wife. Charles Bruno is a 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 will change the two men’s lives forever.

Who stars in Strangers on a Train at Manchester Opera House?

Casting is led by John Middleton (Detective Arthur Gerard) who left Emmerdale earlier this year in a deeply moving storyline, having played the village’s beloved Vicar Ashley Thomas for over 20 years.

Christopher Harper – currently appearing on the nation’s screens as Coronation Street’s Nathan Curtis in the show’s explosive grooming storyline – plays the charismatic and manipulative Charles Bruno, a psychopathic playboy who has a chance encounter with a troubled stranger, Guy Haines (played by Jack Ashton, Call The Midwife).

Hannah Tointon, starring as Guy’s fiancé, Anne Faulkner, is famed for her roles in Mr Selfridge (alongside her sister, Kara), The Inbetweeners and Hollyoaks.

Where and when does Strangers on a Train run in Manchester?

Strangers on a Train runs at Manchester’s Opera House from 5-10 February 2018.