Adam Woodyatt and Laurie Brett will reunite as husband and wife, but this time on stage in the acclaimed world premiere touring stage production of Peter James’ bestselling novel ‘LOOKING GOOD DEAD’, which opens at the Glasgow Theater Royal this week . Adam and Laurie starred as beloved on-screen couple Ian and Jane Beale in BBC’s EastEnders. Rounding out the cast of “LOOKING GOOD DEAD” are 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.
Adam Woodyatt is the longest-serving cast member of “EastEnders” and has appeared continuously as Ian Beale since the show began in 1985. For his portrayal of the role, he was honored with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. and in 2015 after the 30th “EastEnders”. Live Anniversary Episode, Best Actor at the British Soap Awards. “Looking Good Dead” marks Adam’s return to the stage in a play for the first time since 1982 at the age of 13 at the National Theater in Tom Stoppard’s “On The Razzle.” In addition to ‘EastEnders’, Adam has also appeared on numerous TV programs including ‘Robot Wars’, ‘Dream House’, ‘A Question of Sport’, ‘Celebrity Masterchef’, presented ‘The National Lottery’ draw in live and recently participated. on ITV “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”. He also appeared in the pantomimes “Peter Pan”, “Snow White”, “Aladdin”, “Mother Goose” and “Cinderella”.
Laurie Brett is probably best known for her portrayal of Jane Beale in “EastEnders,” a role she played for ten years. Her other DC TV credits include Gemma Darlington in Channel 4’s ‘Deadwater Fell’ and Christine Mulgrew in BBC’s ‘Waterloo Road’. No stranger to the stage, his many theatrical 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 ‘ Band of Gold”, also produced by Josh Andrews.
LOOKING GOOD DEAD is Peter’s fifth novel to be directed and follows the hit productions of ‘The House on Cold Hill’ with Joe McFadden and Rita Simons last year, ‘Not Dead Enough’ with Shane Richie and Laura Whitmore in 2017, “The Perfect Murder” with Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace in 2016 and “Dead Simple” with Tina Hobley in 2015.
No good deed goes unpunished… a few hours after recovering a USB key, forgotten on a train seat, Tom Bryce inadvertently becomes the witness of 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 must face his own demons as he tries to solve the case in time to save the lives of the Bryce family.
Peter James is one of the best-selling authors of mystery and thriller novels and the creator of the acclaimed Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, now a major ITV series, GRACE. It has topped the Sunday Times bestseller list nineteen times and has had worldwide book sales of over 21 million copies translated into 37 languages. Synonymous with page-turners, he garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his career as a storyteller, which also included writing for television 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 executive producer. .
“LOOKING GOOD DEAD” is produced by Joshua Andrews and Peter James and was adapted for the stage by Shaun Mckenna. An award-winning British playwright, Shaun’s previous theater 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 designed by Jason Taylor. The composer and sound designer is Max Pappenheim.
Laurie Brett, Luke Ward-Wilkinson and Adam Woodyatt
Adam Woodyatt and Laurie Brett