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Sunday 10 July 2022

World Stage Premiere Of Peter James' Wish You Were Dead Visits Theatre Royal Brighton Next March

Following the acclaimed primetime ITV series Grace, based on the best-selling novels by the UK's number one crime author Peter James, the world stage premiere of James' novel Wish You Were Dead - featuring DSI Roy Grace - will be coming to Theatre Royal Brighton, next year.

This will be the sixth stage adaptation of James' best-selling novels - making it the most successful crime thriller stage franchise since Agatha Christie. 

Adapted exclusively for the stage, Wish You Were Dead will arrive in Brighton next March, as part of a national tour.

Peter James said: 

"I have always loved live theatre, so it's been thrilling to watch how much audiences around the UK have loved the plays. Theatre and the escapism it provides us all is so important – particularly now. 

"Inside the safe cocoon of a theatre, audiences love to be on the edge of their seats and sometimes shocked, always hoping when that final curtain falls, order will have been restored and the world will seem just a little bit of a better place. 


"I am incredibly grateful for the support regional theatres and their audiences have shown our plays and it will be fantastic to see another one of my books being adapted for the stage – the sixth one! – and audiences enjoying it, in 2023."

The  television series Grace was an immediate success with audiences when it launched on ITV in 2021, with almost nine million viewers tuning in to watch the primetime drama starring John Simm as DSI Roy Grace. 

Series two returned to TV screens in spring this year, with five more thrilling episodes being the most watched programme across all channels on each of the Sundays they were broadcast. A third series has already been commissioned for 2023.

The stage play of Wish You Were Dead follows DSI Roy Grace and Cleo Morey as they take a much needed holiday together. 

Cleo hopes that she will finally get Grace to herself for a few days and away from his crime solving exploits. But their dream escape turns out to be the holiday from hell, as the past comes back to haunt them.

Adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna, who has adapted the five previous Peter James plays, the production will also reunite the creative team from Looking Good Dead, with Jonathan O'Boyle directing, Design by Michael Holt, Lighting by Jason Taylor and Sound by Max Pappenheim.

Wish You Were Dead comes to Theatre Royal Brighton from 20th to 25th March 2023. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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