News: Eastenders’ Adam Woodyatt to star in World Premiere of Peter James’ Looking Good Dead

Following the announcement that Peter James’ latest Roy Grace novel Find Them Dead has reached No.1 in the book charts – his 17th No.1 in the UK, Peter James and producer Joshua Andrews are delighted to announce that award winning EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt will play the leading role of Tom Bryce in the World Premiere stage production of the Peter James best selling novel Looking Good Dead, opening at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 1 April 2021 ahead of a major UK tour.

Adam Woodyatt is the longest serving cast member in “EastEnders” having appeared continuously as Ian Beale since the show began in 1985. For his portrayal of the role he was honoured in 2013 with the Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2015 after the “EastEnders” 30th Anniversary Live episode, Best Actor at the British Soap Awards. “Looking Good Dead” marks Adam’s return to stage in a play for the first time since 1982 as a 13-year-old at the National Theatre in Tom Stoppard’s “On The Razzle”. In addition to “EastEnders” Adam has also appeared on many TV programmes including “Robot Wars”, “Dream House”, “A Question of Sport”, presented “The National Lottery” draw live and last year was a contestant on “Celebrity Masterchef”. He has also previously appeared in the pantomimes “Peter Pan”, “Snow White”, “Aladdin”, “Mother Goose” and “Cinderella”.

Adam Woodyatt said: “I am so excited to be swapping the square for the road in the world premiere stage production of Peter’s fantastic novel “Looking Good Dead”. I can’t wait to tour the UK and to experience the feeling of performing this thrilling play in front of a live audience every night. There are not many things that would persuade me to take a break from EastEnders, but this is one of them.”

Peter James said added: “I am thrilled that Adam Woodyatt is going to star in “Looking Good Dead”. He’s a wonderful actor and I can’t wait to see him play the multi-layered character of Tom Bryce brilliantly. I’ve been humbled by the incredible reaction to my plays over the last few years and we now look forward to being able to thrill theatre audiences again, with this new play in 2021.”

Looking Good Dead is Peter’s fifth novel to be brought to the stage and follows the hugely successful productions of “The House on Cold Hill” starring Joe McFadden and Rita Simons last year, “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.

No good deed goes unpunished…. hours after picking up a USB memory stick, left behind on a train seat, Tom Bryce inadvertently becomes a witness to a vicious murder. Reporting the crime to the police has disastrous consequences, placing him and his family in grave danger. When Detective Superintendent Roy Grace becomes involved, he has his own demons to contend with while he tries to crack the case in time to save the Bryce family’s lives.

Peter James is a number one bestselling author of crime and thriller novels and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. He has topped the Sunday Times best seller list seventeen times and has achieved global book sales of over 20 million copies which have been translated into 37 languages. Synonymous with plot twisting page turners, he has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career which also included writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. His first Roy Grace novels are currently in production with ITV.

Looking Good Dead is produced by Joshua Andrews and Peter James and has been adapted for the stage by Shaun Mckenna. An award-winning British dramatist, Shaun’s previous theatre credits include Ladies in Lavender, the Lord of The Rings musical and Peter James’ The Perfect Murder, Dead Simple, Not Dead Enough and The House on Cold Hill. It will be directed by the Olivier Award winning Ian Talbot. Ian was Artistic and Managing Director of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 2008. His West End credits include High Society at Shaftesbury Theatre, Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre and The Mousetrap at St Martin’s Theatre. His UK touring credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Million Dollar Quartet and Peter James’ The Perfect Murder and The House on Cold Hill.

LOOKING GOOD DEAD – 2021 TOUR LISTINGS 

THURSDAY 1 APRIL – SATURDAY 10 APRIL 2021
CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY
www.churchilltheatre.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 12 APRIL – SATURDAY 17 APRIL 2021
THEATRE SEVERN SHREWSBURY
www.theatresevern.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 19 APRIL – SATURDAY 24 APRIL 2021
SHEFFIELD LYCEUM
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 27 APRIL – SATURDAY 1 MAY 2021
NEW THEATRE CARDIFF
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 3 – SATURDAY 8 MAY 2021
LEEDS GRAND THEATRE
www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
ON SALE NOW 

MONDAY 10 – SATURDAY 15 MAY 2021
COVENTRY BELGRADE THEATRE
www.belgrade.co.uk
ON SALE SOON

MONDAY 17 – SATURDAY 22 MAY 2021
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL
www.norwichtheatre.org
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 24 – SATURDAY 29 MAY 2021
THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON
www.atgtickets.com
ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 1 – SATURDAY 5 JUNE 2021
THE LOWRY, SALFORD
www.thelowry.com
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 7 – SATURDAY 12 JUNE 2021
EVERYMAN THEATRE CHELTENHAM
www.everymantheatre.org.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 14 – SATURDAY 19 JUNE 2021
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
www.atgtickets.com
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 21 – SATURDAY 26 JUNE 2021
NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL
www.theatreroyal.co.uk
ON SALE SOON

MONDAY 28 JUNE – SATURDAY 3 JULY 2021
CURVE, LEICESTER
www.curveonline.co.uk
ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 10 JULY 2021
MAYFLOWER, SOUTHAMPTON
www.mayflower.org.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 12 – SATURDAY 17 JULY 2021
SOUTHEND PALACE THEATRE 
www.southendtheatres.org.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 26 – SATURDAY 31 JULY 2021
NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL
www.trch.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 2 AUGUST – SATURDAY 7 AUGUST 2021
THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOW 
www.atgtickets.com
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 9 AUGUST – SATURDAY 14 AUGUST 2021
DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE 
www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 16 AUGUST – SATURDAY 21 AUGUST 2021
RICHMOND THEATRE
www.atgtickets.com
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 23 AUGUST – SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2021
CAMBRIDGE ARTS THEATRE
www.cambridgeartstheatre.com
ON SALE SOON

MONDAY 30 AUGUST – SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2021
MALVERN THEATRE
www.malvern-theatres.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 6 – SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2021
BIRMINGHAM ALEXANDRA THEATRE
www.atgtickets.com
ON SALE SOON

FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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