LAURA WHITMORE TO STAR IN THRILLER
Published : 26/Oct/2016
LAURA WHITMORE TO STAR IN PETER JAMES PLAY
Leading television presenter LAURA WHITMORE will star in the next thrilling stage adaptation of multi-million selling author Peter James' NOT DEAD ENOUGH. Laura will appear alongside West End, award-winning actor BILL WARD, famous for his roles in Emmerdale and Coronation Street, as DS Roy Grace.
Following Peter James’ 11th consecutive Sunday Times No.1 in the UK Book Charts and the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple on stage NOT DEAD ENOUGH receives its stage premiere in 2017.
||No stranger to theatre, Laura Whitmore's acting career began at a young age in Dublin. After completing her Diploma in Performance, she was chosen as the new face of MTV Europe. Laura is best known for her work as a presenter for MTV, The Brits and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Here Now. She is currently gracing our screens on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and is excited about her imminent return to acting.
Laura Whitmore said: "I'm a huge fan of Peter James' books and so honoured to be cast as his Cleo for her first theatrical outing. Peter has created a strong character in Cleo Morely and I can't wait to sink my teeth into the role. I'm also unbelievably excited to work with Producer Joshua Andrews and Director Ian Talbot. Before I trained in Journalism, I studied Drama and played some great roles including Lady Macbeth and Annie in All My Sons! I have been waiting a long time to return to acting and for a great role like this to come along, so I can’t wait to get on stage around the UK and of course Dublin with Not Dead Enough."
NOT DEAD ENOUGH is the third novel in the award winning Roy Grace series. James has been acclaimed as 'one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters' (Daily Mail) and his brilliant international bestselling Roy Grace novels have been published in 37 languages and sold over 18 million copies worldwide. His latest novel, Love You Dead, enjoyed 3 consecutive weeks at No.1 in the Fiction hardback charts, a new record for Peter who is also the 2016 recipient of crime writing’s highest honour, the Diamond Dagger.
Peter James said; "The characters in my Roy Grace novels are very precious to me and I have a very clear image of each of them in my mind. In bringing my work to the stage, I’ve tried hard in the casting, masterminded by Josh Andrews, to find brilliant performers who bear a strong resemblance to my vision of the characters - to lift them truly off the page. The moment I met Laura Whitmore and she began reading a scene from the play I had that deep thrill of knowing we had found my absolutely perfect Cleo - the way she looks and the warmth and energy she radiates - just perfect in every way."
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.
Following the nationwide success of The Perfect Murder with Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace earlier this year, NOT DEAD ENOUGH reunites Peter James with theatre producer Joshua Andrews, the Olivier award winning director Ian Talbot and award winning playwright Shaun McKenna.
Further casting to be announced.
NOT DEAD ENOUGH comes to Shrewsbury for ONE WEEK ONLY, from Monday 8 - Saturday 13 May 2017.