Peter James continues stage success with Wish You Were Dead UK Tour

DSI Roy Grace is back treading the boards for a UK tour of Wish You Were Dead,  the sixth stage adaptation of Peter James’ best-selling crime novels, and following the success of the writer’s primetime ITV series.

This new production will make it the most successful crime thriller stage franchise since Agatha Christie. 

The stage play of Wish You Were Dead follows DSI Roy Grace and Cleo Morey as they take a much needed holiday together. 

Cleo hopes that she will finally get Grace to herself for a few days and away from his crime solving exploits. 

But their dream escape turns out to be the holiday from hell, as the past comes back to haunt them.

Adapted exclusively for the stage, the premiere of Wish You Were Dead will kick off a major five-month nationwide UK tour in February 2023 at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. 


The production will then travel to theatres across the country until late July. 

Peter James said: “I have always loved live theatre, so it’s been thrilling to watch how much audiences around the UK have loved the plays. 

“Theatre and the escapism it provides us all is so important – particularly now. 

“Inside the safe cocoon of a theatre, audiences love to be on the edge of their seats and sometimes shocked, always hoping when that final curtain falls, order will have been restored and the world will seem just a little bit of a better place.

“I am incredibly grateful for the support regional theatres and their audiences have shown our plays and it will be fantastic to see another one of my books being adapted for the stage – the sixth one! – and audiences enjoying it, in 2023”.

Previous Peter James novels brought to the stage include Looking Good Dead, which premiered earlier this year starring Adam Woodyatt; The House on Cold Hill starring Joe McFadden and Rita Simons in 2019; Not Dead Enough starring Shane Richie and Laura Whitmore in 2017; The Perfect Murder starring Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace in 2016 and Dead Simple starring Tina Hobley in 2015.  

The gripping television series Grace was an immediate success with audiences when it launched on ITV in 2021, with almost nine million viewers tuning in to watch the primetime drama starring John Simm as DSI Roy Grace.

A third series has already been commissioned for 2023.

Adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna, who has adapted the five previous Peter James plays, the production will also see Jonathan O’Boyle directing.Tickets are on sale from, with further dates to be announced soon.

 UK Tour 2023

February 16-18, Churchill Theatre Bromley

February 20-25, Theatre Royal Norwich

February 27-March 4, Theatre Royal Nottingham

March 13-18, Theatre Royal Newcastle

March  20-25, Theatre Royal Brighton

March 28-April 1, Theatre Royal Glasgow

April 4-8, Festival Theatre Edinburgh

April 18-22, Richmond Theatre

April 24-29, Milton Keynes Theatre

May 2-6, Leeds Grand Theatre

May 8-13, Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury

May 16-20, New Theatre Cardiff

May 23-27, The Lowry Salford

May 30-June 3, Orchard Theatre Dartford

June 6-10, Mayflower Theatre Southampton

June 20-24, The Alexandra Birmingham

June 27-July 1, Lyceum Theatre Sheffield

July 4-8, Palace Theatre Southend

July 17-22, Leicester Curve Theatre

July 25-29, New Victoria Theatre Woking.

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