Prank goes horribly wrong in thrilling stage adaptation

Tina Hobley stars in Dead Simple
Tina Hobley stars in Dead Simple

Following the critically acclaimed premiere stage production of Peter James’ The Perfect Murder, the best selling work of the novelist returns to the stage with an adaptation of Dead Simple, his most famous and popular book to date.

Dead Simple is at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, from February 23 to 28.

The cast includes Tina Hobley, Jamie Lomas and Gray O’ Brien who bring the next claustrophobic, thrilling instalment of Peter James’ work to life.

Michael Harrison thinks he has it all; a 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 past 12 years as ward sister Chrissie Williams in the BBC 1’s Holby City, as well as roles in Coronation Street and Harbour Lights. She currently presents the prime time Sunday morning programme on Smooth FM.

Award-winning TV heartthrob, Jamie Lomas has starred for the past year in Eastenders as the murderous Jake Stone and before that he played bad boy Warren Fox for five years in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

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.

Peter James has gone straight in at number one in the Sunday Times bestseller charts seven times in the past four years with his Roy Grace series.

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 more than 15 million books of his Roy Grace series, and is published in 36 languages. Dead Simple has itself sold more than 2 million copies around the word and has been a number one 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.

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