International best selling crime thriller novelist Peter James – who has sold over 15 million books of his Roy Grace series and been published in 36 languages – has had his work produced for the stage for the very first time. The Perfect Murder, which spent 15 weeks at No.1 in the book charts, has been adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna.

Having opened at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford on Wednesday 8th January 2014, the show has already taken £1million at the box office and is being acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for it's entertaining dark comedy and thrilling storyline.

Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for a long time. But Victor secretly loathes Joan and is getting attention elsewhere. And Joan is bored stiff by Victor, whose irritating ways are driving her mad. The marriage has reached a crisis point and Victor decides there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever………but he’s about to get a nasty surprise. As young Detective Roy Grace starts to investigate his very first homicide case, he begins to fear that nothing is quite as it seems.

The Perfect Murder stars Les Dennis, one of Britain’s most-loved actors and entertainers who recently starred as King Arthur in the West End in Spamalot and finished joint runner-up in the Grand Final on BBC 1’s Celebrity Masterchef last year.

Les Dennis and Clare Goose star in a Perfect Murder
Les Dennis and Clare Goose star in a Perfect Murder
 

Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot directs an all-star cast. Alongside Les Dennis - whose extensive credits in theatre include Chicago, Legally Blond, Hairspray, Art, Skylight and his award winning role in ‘Jigsy’ and on TV in Ricky Gervais’ Extras and Life’s Too Short and the upcoming Midsommer Murders Christmas special – is Claire Goose, who starred in the BBC hit series Waking the Dead and Casualty as well as ITV’s The Bill and most recently SKY TV’s comedy-drama Mount Pleasant.

They are joined by Gray O’Brien, who recently enjoyed an award-winning three years in Coronation Street and has also starred in the TV series Titanic, Peak Practice and Casualty as well as in the West End in Sleuth; Steven Miller who starred as Lenny Lyons for three years in Casualty and whose theatre credits include The Lord of The Rings at London’s Drury Lane and Blackwatch; and finally Simona Armstrong, who the public took to their hearts in BBC’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria.

Peter James has won numerous awards both in the UK and in the USA. In 2012 Peter won the coveted US Barry Award for Best British Crime Thriller. The Perfect murder spent 15 weeks at No 1 and remained for 50 weeks in the iBooks Top 10 and he has recently enjoyed great success with the latest release in the Roy Grace Series, Dead Man’s Time.

Performances are Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm. Call the Box Office on 0844 871 7651 for tickets or go to - www.atgtickets.com/richmond (fees apply)