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 PeterJames.com, with further dates to be announced soon.