Blimey! You’d think that Shane Richie & Jessie Wallace would have enough of each other on EastEnders without spending their hols together!
The pair are using their scheduled break from the BBC soap to appear as warring marrieds Victor and Joan Smiley in a third tour of Peter James’ successful black comedy, The Perfect Murder.
It’s the first time the couple will appear on stage together. The new 2016 tour launches from Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre in February.
Victor and Joan have been married for a long time. But their marriage has reached crisis point and Victor has decided there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever.
But his plans go awry after it turns out that his loving wife has a similar idea.
As a young Detective Roy Grace starts to investigate his very first homicide case, dark forces intervene and Grace begins to fear that nothing is quite as it seems quite as it seems.
Directed by Olivier award winner Ian Talbot and adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna, this highly acclaimed dark comedy thriller delighted and frightened audiences across the country in 2014, with its darkly funny and thrilling story-line.
Said Peter James: “To now have Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace star in The Perfect Murder really is another dream come true. Shane has been a fan of my books for a while, as I have been of Shane.
“He and Jessie have been loved on television by huge audiences over a number of years, which just goes to show how great they are together and I can’t wait to see Shane and Jessie planning to murder each other on stage every night!”
Producer Joshua Andrews added; “I am thrilled that Shane and Jessie have chosen The Perfect Murder as the production in which to star on stage together for the very first time, as they really are ‘perfect’ casting for Victor and Joan.
“Peter and I are very much looking forward to working with them on this short tour and hopefully we might see a limited London run at the end of that.”
The award winning actors, who have starred together in EastEnders for the last 13 years and are also both well known for their numerous other TV and Theatre credits, are equally excited by their upcoming stage debut together.
Shane said: “It’s an honour to be attached to Peter James’ work as I’m such a fan of his books!”
Jessie said: “As soon as I read the script, I knew I had to do it!
“Watch out because sparks are going to fly and it’s the perfect murder!”
2016 TOUR DATES
February 2–6, Everyman Theatre, Chelenham
February 8-13, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
February 15-20, Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
February 22-27, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
February 29-March 5, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
March 7-12, Theatre Royal, Brighton
March 14-19, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton.