CURRENTLY gracing our screens in Strictly Come Dancing, TV presenter Laura Whitmore will find herself in a very different role when she visits The King's next April.
Whitmore has been cast as Cleo Morely in crime writer Peter James’ new murder mystery, Not Dead Enough, adapted from the third novel in the award winning Roy Grace series.
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.
No stranger to theatre, Whitmore’s acting career began at a young age with the Leinster School of Music and Drama, in Dublin. Perhaps best known these days as the presenter of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Here Now, she says is excited about her imminent return to acting.
“I'm a huge fan of Peter James' books and so honoured to be cast as his Cleo for her first theatrical outing. Peter has created a strong character in Cleo Morely and I can't wait to sink my teeth into the role.
"Before I trained in Journalism, I studied drama and played some great roles including Lady Macbeth and Annie in All My Sons. I have been waiting a long time to return to acting and for a great role like this to come along, so I can’t wait to get on stage with Not Dead Enough.”
Peter James adds, “The characters in my Roy Grace novels are very precious to me and I have a very clear image of each of them in my mind. In bringing my work to the stage, I’ve tried hard in the casting, masterminded by Josh Andrews, to find brilliant performers who bear a strong resemblance to my vision of the characters - to lift them truly off the page.
"The moment I met Laura Whitmore and she began reading a scene from the play I had that deep thrill of knowing we had found my absolutely perfect Cleo - the way she looks and the warmth and energy she radiates - just perfect in every way.”
Not Dead Enough opens at The King's on 24 April 2017 and runs for a week.