Robert Daws gets the outside edge on murder in Peter James’ thriller

The Perfect Murder

Actor Robert Daws has swapped making pulses race in The Royal to getting the outside edge on how to commit murder.

Daws takes over from Les Dennis in Peter James‘ splendid comedy crime caper The Perfect Murder which is about to start out on an autumn tour.

Having delighted and frightened audiences across the country from Bath to Glasgow with its darkly comic and thrilling storyline, The Perfect Murder is set for an extended run starring Robert Daws and Dawn Steele.

The autumn run, which also sees the return of Gray O’Brien, opens at the Canterbury Marlowe on September 2.


This is the first ever stage production of the work of international best-selling crime novelist Peter James.

He has sold over 15 million books of his Roy Grace series and been published in 36 languages.

The Perfect Murder, which spent 15 weeks at No.1 in the book charts, has been adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna.

Victor Smiley and his wife 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 he’s about to get a nasty surprise.

As Detective Roy Grace starts to investigate his very first murder case, dark forces intervene and Grace begins to fear that nothing is quite as it seems.

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

Having donned his white coat for eight series of ITV’s 1960’s hospital drama The Royal, Robert Daws, best-known to millions as Dr Gordon Ormerod, will play Victor Smiley.

Robert’s extensive TV credits include Sam Mountjoy in Roger Roger, Tuppy Glossop in Jeeves and Wooster and Roger Dervish in the award-winning Outside Edge.

His extensive theatre credits include The Secret of Sherlock Holmes and Public Property in the West End and UK tours of Michael Frayn’s Alarms and Excursions and David Harrower’s Blackbird.

Dawn Steele, also joining the cast, has starred in numerous hit TV series including the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen, Sea of Souls and Wild At Heart.

Other theatre credits include the lead role in The Agatha Christie Company’s production of Verdict and Dawn also starred in Noel Coward’s previously undiscovered Volcano in both the West End and on tour.

Peter James, commenting on the play, said: “Ever since I was a small boy, when my parents first took me to the theatre, I dreamed of one day having something I wrote appear on stage.

“This wonderful, extremely funny – and in parts very scary – adaptation of The Perfect Murder is a dream come true.

“I am thrilled by the wonderful universal reaction the play has received from both fans of my books but also from those who have not read me before and once again I could not have hoped for a more perfect, murderously good cast, with which to continue this incredible run of The Perfect Murder on stage.”

Tour Dates:

September 2–6, Marlow Theatre, Canterbury
September 8-13, Palace Theatre, Southend
September 15-20, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
September 22-27, Buxton Opera House
September 29-4 October, York Grand Opera House
October 13-18, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne
October 20–25, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
November 4–8, New Theatre, Cardiff
November 10-15, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

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