Peter James and producer Joshua Andrews are pleased to confirm additional 2022 dates for the World Premiere stage production of the Peter James best-selling novel “LOOKING GOOD DEAD” and are delighted to announce that Laurie Brett will reunite with Adam Woodyatt to play husband and wife Tom and Kellie Bryce. Laurie and Adam famously starred as husband and wife Ian and Jane Beale in BBC’s EastEnders. The rest of the cast of “LOOKING GOOD DEAD” includes Harry Long as Roy Grace, Ian Houghton as Jonas, Leon Stewart as Branson, Gemma Stroyan as Bella, Luke Ward-Wilkinson as Max Bryce, Mylo McDonald as Mick and Natalie Boakye as Janie.
Laurie Brett said: “It is so exciting to be getting back on stage in such a thrilling play. I’m a massive Peter James fan and to be working alongside my dear friend Adam as husband and wife again is going to be great fun. I can’t wait to get started!”
Laurie Brett is probably best known for her portrayal of Jane Beale in “EastEnders”, a role she played for ten years. Her other TV credits include DC Gemma Darlington in Channel 4’s “Deadwater Fell” and Christine Mulgrew in the BBC’s “Waterloo Road”. No stranger to the stage her many theatre credits include “Les Miserables” in the West End, “Smokey Joe’s Café”, Magenta in “The Rocky Horror Show” opposite Jason Donovan and most recently in the acclaimed stage adaptation of Kay Mellor’s “Band of Gold”, which was also produced by Josh Andrews.
Adam Woodyatt said today “I am so thrilled to be working with Laurie on Looking Good Dead. We formed such a great working relationship on EastEnders and it’s brilliant to now be able to bring that to the stage. The reaction the play has already had this year from audiences has been amazing. I’ve had so much fun doing the show and to have Laurie join us next year is a wonderful added bonus – she will be great!”
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”.
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, now a major ITV series, GRACE. He has topped the Sunday Times best seller list eighteen times and has achieved global book sales of over 21 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.
“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. “LOOKING GOOD DEAD” is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, Designed by Michael Holt with Lighting Design by Jason Taylor. The Composer and Sound Designer is Max Pappenheim.
LOOKING GOOD DEAD – UK TOUR LISTINGS
TUESDAY 25 JANUARY – SATURDAY 29 JANUARY 2022
The Theatre Royal Glasgow
MONDAY 31 JANUARY – SATURDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2022
Cambridge Arts Theatre
MONDAY 7 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2022
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
MONDAY 14 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2022
MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2022
The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 5 MARCH 2022
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
MONDAY 7 MARCH – SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2022
Coventry Belgrade Theatre
MONDAY 14 MARCH – SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2022
Palace Theatre, Southend
MONDAY 21 MARCH – SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2022
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
TUESDAY 29 MARCH – SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2022
York Grand Opera House
MONDAY 4 – SATURDAY 9 APRIL 2022
Connaught Theatre, Worthing
On Sale 29 October 2021
MONDAY 18 APRIL – SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2022
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
MONDAY 25 APRIL – FRIDAY 30 APRIL 2022
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Photo credit: Jack Lawson