MARRIAGE can be murder, in more ways than one, as anyone who has watched Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace’s alter-egos Alfie Moon and Kat Slater in EastEnders.
Next March, following the recent success of the stage adaptation of crime author Peter James’ Dead Simple, Richie and Wallace appear on stage together for the very first time in The Perfect Murder, which tours to the King’s Theatre.
Today, however, the News has teamed up with the King’s Theatre to give you the chance to win the Perfect Christmas present that money can’t buy.
The winner will receive a pair of opening night tickets plus a limited edition copy of the show poster signed by Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace, and a copy of the novel The Perfect Murder signed by Peter James.
Richie and Wallace play long-time married couple Victor and Joan Smiley. But their marriage has reached crisis point and Victor has decided there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever, but he’s about to get a nasty surprise.
As a young Detective Roy Grace starts to investigate his very first homicide case, dark forces intervene and Grace begins to fear that nothing is quite as it seems quite as it seems...
Bestselling crime thriller novelist Peter James, who has sold more than 16 million books of his Roy Grace series, says, “It has always been my dream that one day the curtains would rise in a theatre and a play of my work would be performed.
“That dream came true in 2014 after a chance meeting with my old friend, producer, Joshua Andrews. The first run of The Perfect Murder, was a sell-out success. To now have Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace star really is another dream come true.
“Shane has been a fan of my books for a while, as I have been of Shane. He and Jessie have been loved on television by huge audiences over a number of years, which just goes to show how great they are together and I can’t wait to see Shane and Jessie planning to murder each other on stage every night!”
Richie and Wallace, who will star in The Perfect Murder during their break from EastEnders.
“We are really looking forward to working together on stage as it’s so different to TV.
“It’s an honour to be attached to Peter James work as I’m such a fan of his books,” says Richie.
Wallace adds, “As soon as I read the script, I knew I had to do it. Watch out because sparks are going to fly and it’s the perfect murder.”
HOW TO ENTER
To enter the draw to win simply email your name, address and a phone number to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the word MURDER in the subject line.
Deadline for entries is Thursday December 17 at 5pm. Winners will be notified by email on Friday 18, and tickets and gift card (for the collection of book and poster on opening night) issued by mail.
The Perfect Murder, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 29 February-5 March, 7.30p, (matinees 2.30pm), £16-£29.50, 0131-529 6000