TV bad boy, award-winning actor Bill Ward, is turning over a new leaf to star in the 2017 UK tour of Peter James’Not Dead Enough.
Just two months after Ward left ITV’s Emmerdale in a murderous exit, he has been named to take over from Shane Ritchie playing James’ sleuth, astute cop, Roy Grace.
Appearing alongside Laura Whitmore and Stephen Billington, Bill Ward will play Detective Superintendent Roy Grace from April 18, following Shane Richie, who plays the role from January 25 until April 15.
As well as his three-year run as James Barton in Emmerdale, Bill also known for his multi award-winning turn as the villainous Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street (2003-2007).
His West End credits include Johnny in Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre) and Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet.
Not Dead Enough is the third stage adaptation of Peter James books, following sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple.
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was 60 miles away, asleep in bed – at least that’s what he claims. But as Det Supt Grace starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.
Laura Whitmore is best known for her work as a presenter for MTV, The Brits, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Here Now, and most recently, appearing as one of the contestants in 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Bill and Laura are also joined on stage by award winning actor Stephen Billington, best known for television roles in Corrie and Hollyoaks as well as film roles including Braveheart.
UK TOUR DATES 2017
January 25-28, Dartford, Orchard Theatre January 30-February 4, Milton Keynes Theatre February 6-11, Woking, New Victoria Theatre February 13-18, Brighton Theatre Royal February 20-25, Malvern Theatres February 27-March 4, Bristol Hippodrome March 7-11, Southampton, Mayflower Theatre March 13-18, Richmond Theatre March 20-25, Newcastle Theatre Royal March 27-April 1, Coventry, Belgrade Theatre April 3-8, Glasgow, Theatre Royal April 10-15, Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre April 18-22, Dublin, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre April 24-29, Edinburgh, King’s Theatre May 2-6, Northampton, Derngate Theatre May 8-13, Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn May 15-20, Cambridge Arts Theatre May 22-27, Manchester, Opera House May 30-June 3, Bromley, Churchill Theatre June 5-10, Plymouth Theatre Royal June 13-17, Cardiff, New Theatre June 19-24, Worthing, Connaught Theatre June 26-31, Belfast, Grand Opera House