Author Peter James
Mon 23 – Sat 28 Feb
Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Following the critically acclaimed hit premiere stage production of Peter James’ The Perfect Murder,the best selling work of the No.1 novelist Peter James will return to the stage in 2015 with the adaptation of DEAD SIMPLE, his most famous and popular book to date.
Cast includes Tina Hobley, Jamie Lomas and Gray O’ Brien who bring the next claustrophobically thrilling instalment of Peter James’ work to life on stage at Theatre Royal Brighton from Mon 23 – Sat 28 Feb.
Michael Harrison thinks he has it all; great career, good friends and a beautiful fiancée. But when his stag night prank goes horribly wrong, Michael finds himself alone, buried alive and staring death in the face. As time runs out and the terror grows, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace tries to solve his mysterious disappearance, but begins to fear that Michael will never be found in time.
Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot directs an all-star cast led by Tina Hobley who returns to the stage having graced TV screens for the last 12 years as ward sister Chrissie Williams in the BBC 1’s Holby City as well as roles in Coronation Street and Harbour Lights before that and was seen earlier this year in Celebrity Master Chef. She currently presents the prime time Sunday morning programme on Smooth FM.
Award-winning TV heartthrob, Jamie Lomas has starred for the last year in Eastenders as the murderous Jake Stone and before that played bad boy Warren Fox for five years in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. And Gray O’Brien, the award-winning star of Coronation Street, TV series Titanic, Peak Practice and Casualty as well as Sleuth in the West End, will follow up his critically acclaimed performance in The Perfect Murder by playing the famous Detective Roy Grace in this gripping, chilling, thriller that has all the classic suspense, twists and turns of a best-selling Peter James novel.
Peter James has gone straight in at no 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller charts seven times in the last four years with his Roy Grace series – with last year’s Roy Grace novel, Dead Man’s Time going straight to No.1 in the Autumn of 2013. His new novel, Want You Dead, is released in paperback at the end of October. The international bestselling crime thriller novelist has won numerous awards both in the UK and in the USA and In 2012 Peter won the coveted US Barry Award for Best British Crime Thriller. He has sold over 15 million books of his Roy Grace series, and is published in 36 languages. Dead Simple has itself sold over 2 million copies around the word and has been a No.1 best seller in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Holland and Russia
Dead Simple is the second of James’ novels to be adapted by Shaun McKenna and produced by Peter James and Joshua Andrews in association with Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark at the Booking Office. Andrews is currently co-producing the sell-out run of A Streetcar Named Desire with the Young Vic – the fastest selling show in the theatre’s history – which opened to rave reviews and stars Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. An ‘NT Live’ broadcast of A Streetcar Named Desire will be screened live in cinemas on Tuesday September 16th.
Author Peter James said of the ongoing collaboration with Andrews:
“The success of The Perfect Murder on stage, together with the news that my books are soon to be adapted for television and the recent successful release of my latest novel have already made 2014 a wonderful year. It is a real thrill now for Josh and I to be launching our second collaboration, an adaptation by the brilliant Shaun McKenna of my first Roy Grace novel, Dead Simple, a tale of treachery and deceit, which seems to touch a nerve in everyone who reads it and has been one of my best-selling books to date. The story begins with a wedding prank that goes horribly wrong, leaving the groom-to-be buried alive in a coffin in remote woodlands, running out of air, and everyone who knows his whereabouts dead. Everyone except for one person… And Detective Roy Grace has to discover who that one person is before it’s too late.
“I had myself locked in a coffin for 30 mins as part of my research, and it was one of the scariest moments of my life. It’s so many people’s worst nightmare to be buried alive and I’m looking forward to recreating some of that terror in the theatres soon with another incredible cast of actors!”
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