Murder’s Dead Simple in thrilling new Peter James stage tour

Peter James & Dead Simple producer Josh Andrews. Photo by Helen Maybanks.
Peter James & Dead Simple producer Josh Andrews. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

Casting has been announced for the new Peter James crime thriller, Dead Simple, which is set for a 2015 tour following the huge success of his debut stage play, The Perfect Murder.

A host of famous faces including Gray O’ Brien (who appeared in Perfect Murder), Tina Hobley and Jamie Lomas are to bring the next nail-biting installment of Peter James’ work to life on stage when the tour opens in Dartford in January.

Michael Harrison thinks he has it all; great career, good friends and a beautiful fiancée.

But when a stag night prank goes horribly wrong, Michael finds himself alone, buried alive and staring death in the face.

As time runs out and the terror grows, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace tries to solve his mysterious disappearance, but begins to fear that Michael will never be found in time.

Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot directs the all-star cast.

Tina Hobley returns to the stage having graced TV screens for the last 12 years as ward sister Chrissie Williams in the BBC 1’s Holby City.

She previously appeared in Coronation Street, Harbour Lights and Celebrity Master Chef.

Award-winning TV heartthrob, Jamie Lomas has starred for the last year in Eastenders as the murderous Jake Stone and before that played bad boy Warren Fox for five years in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

And Gray O’Brien is the award-winning star of Coronation Street, TV series Titanic, Peak Practice and Casualty as well as Sleuth in the West End.

He plays the famous Detective Roy Grace in this gripping, chilling, thriller that has all the classic suspense, twists and turns of a best-selling Peter James novel.

Dead Simple is the second of James’ novels to be adapted by Shaun McKenna.

Said the crime writer: “It is a real thrill to be launching an adaptation by the brilliant Shaun McKenna of my first Roy Grace novel, Dead Simple, a tale of treachery and deceit, which seems to touch a nerve in everyone who reads it and has been one of my best-selling books to date.

“The story begins with a wedding prank that goes horribly wrong, leaving the groom-to-be buried alive in a coffin in remote woodlands, running out of air, and everyone who knows his whereabouts dead.

“Everyone except for one person… And Detective Roy Grace has to discover who that one person is before it’s too late.

“I had myself locked in a coffin for 30 mins as part of my research, and it was one of the scariest moments of my life.

“It’s so many people’s worst nightmare to be buried alive and I’m looking forward to recreating some of that terror in the theatres soon with another incredible cast of actors!”

Tour dates

January 14-17, Irchard Theatre, Dartford
January 20-24, Theatre Royal, Norwich
January 26-31, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
February 2-7, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
February 9-14, Malvern Theatre
February 16-21,Cambridge Arts Theatre
February 23-28, Theatre Royal, Brighton
March 2-7, Manchester Opera House
March 9-14, Richmond Theatre
April 14-18, Theatre Royal, Nottingham
April 20-25, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
April 28-May 2, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
May 5-9, New Victoria Theatre, Woking
May 11-16, Theatre Royal, Bath
May 18–23, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
May 26-30, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
June 2-6, New Theatre, Cardiff
June 8-13, Milton Keynes Theatre
June 15-20, Truro Hall For Cornwall
June 29-July 4, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
July 6-11, Marlow Theatre, Canterbury.

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