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Latest Crime Thriller Based On Roy Grace Novels
Peter James' crime thrillers have become box office gold for theatres up and down the country and now there is another murder mystery to follow on previous stage success.
Shane Richie with author Peter James and Laura Whitmore ahead of the theatre tour
DS Roy Grace adaptations to stage have including The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, and the third play following on from these will be Not Dead Enough.
Popular actor Shane Richie, who starred in The Perfect Murder, returns for this latest theatre adventure. Joining the EastEnders actor will be TV presenter Laura Whitmore, recently seen hot footing it in Strictly Come Dancing.
Stephen Billington, whose back catalogue includes roles in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Academy Award winning movie Braveheart, is also in the cast.
This new production is a world stage premiere that stops off in the Midlands at Malvern Theatres from February 20 to 25 and also Coventry's Belgrade Theatre from March 27 to April 1. The UK tour continues until June and also takes in Manchester Opera House and theatres around the outskirts of London in Richmond and Bromley.
Shane Richie headlines in Not Dead Enough
Not Dead Enough is the third novel in the award-winning Roy Grace series and now becomes the third play from James to tour. The story revolves around three murders and although there is one suspect, there is no proof.
In this mystery, it centres around suspect Brian Bishop, who was 60 miles away when his wife was murdered. It's a conundrum for DS Roy Grace, who is also dealing with the disappearance of his own wife at the same time.
Laura Whitmore swaps presenting for acting
Following the nationwide success of The Perfect Murder with Shane Richie and his EastEnders' colleague Jessie Wallace last year, the production team for Not Dead Enough again includes theatre producer Joshua Andrews, the Olivier award-winning director Ian Talbot and writer Shaun McKenna.
Shane Richie, who is best known for his role as Alfie Moon in BBC1s soap opera EastEnders, has also been filming a new six-part series based on EastEnders' characters Kat and Alfie Moon as they embark on a new life in Ireland.
He has fit Not Dead Enough into his busy schedule but will only play the role of Roy Grace until April 15 after which Bill Ward takes on the lead role.
Meanwhile, Laura Whitmore may be known as the face of MTV Europe but as well as presenting she has a background in acting. She went to Leinster School of Music and Drama in Dubli and completed a Diploma in Performance.
Peter James's crime novels have become international bestsellers, published in 36 languages and selling over 18 million copies worldwide.
Not Dead Enough - UK Tour
Tickets cost from £23.
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th February
Tickets are available by calling the Box Office on 01684 892277 or from the Malvern Theatres website.
Monday 27 February – Saturday 4 March 2017
Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 March 2017
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Monday 13 – Saturday 25 March 2017
Monday 20 – Saturday 25 March 2017
Newcastle Theatre Royal