It’s not often that Eastenders merges with Coronation Street but in this World premiere stage adaptation of Peter James’ LOOKING GOOD DEAD that’s exactly what we get.

The thrilling Roy Grace series from multi-million No.1 best-selling author Peter James returns to New Theatre Cardiff starring award-winning actor and EastEnders icon, ADAM WOODYATT and star of stage and screen GAYNOR FAYE (Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Syndicate).

Looking Good Dead – Trailer

Adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna, Looking Good Dead follows the huge stage success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the chilling final moments!

No good deed goes unpunished…hours after finding a discarded USB memory stick, Tom Bryce, (Adam Woodyatt) inadvertently becomes a witness to 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 has his own demons to contend with, while he tries to crack the case in time to save the Bryce family’s lives.

Looking Good Dead – New Theatre Cardiff

ADAM WOODYATT is the longest-serving cast member in EastEnders having appeared continuously as Ian Beale since the show began in 1985. For his portrayal of the role he was honoured in 2013 with the Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2015 after the EastEnders 30th Anniversary Live episode, Best Actor at the British Soap Awards. Looking Good Dead marks Adam’s return to stage in a play for the first time since 1982.

Adam picks up his acting life story…….

I started acting when I was about nine years old, at first in commercials and then in Oliver! as one of Fagin’s Gang at the Albery Theatre (now Noel Coward). My next role was ‘Ragamuffin” in Tom Stoppard’s On the Razzle at the National Theatre and also on tour in Edinburgh and Bristol.

My first experience of working in television came as ‘Shiner’ in The Baker Street Boys and shortly afterwards ‘Dave Firkettle’ in The Witches and the Grinnygog.

Having left school in the summer of 1984, I went and got a “proper job” – In a Butchers Shop in Mid Wales but it didn’t last long as the phone rang and I was asked to go back down for an audition for a new twice weekly drama, titled ‘East 8’. It was the second time I’d been asked, as previously I couldn’t make it as the train wouldn’t get me there in time. As such I weighed up if I could afford to go – in the form of lost wages and train fares etc… Fortunately for me, I went and got it!!

East 8 became EastEnders and now over 36 years later I have enjoyed many wonderful and different storylines.

In my spare time I enjoy cycling, fishing and cooking – not at the same time obviously.

Here’s Adam to tell us more about the tour……

Like Adam, GAYNOR FAYE seems to have been on our screens as long as we can remember.

She most recently starred as Cheryl in the award-winning new series of The Syndicate for the BBC and on stage as Rose in the world premiere of the iconic Band of Gold.

She’s also known for playing Megan Macey in Emmerdale and as Judy Mallet in Coronation Street. On screen Gaynor has also starred in Fat Friends, Playing the Field, The Chase, Between the Sheets and Stan The Man. She has appeared in Coogan’s Run, Men of The World, Danni’s House, The Life and Times of Henry Pratt, The Wanderer, Downwardly Mobile and Casualty.

On stage, Gaynor made her West End debut and toured in the original cast of Calendar Girls. She played Cathy in Hull Truck’s production of Wuthering Heights and Pippa in the original production of John Godber’s The Office Party and she narrated and toured with Jonathan Harvey’s Corrie! The Play.

Gaynor’s other passion is writing, she has written episodes of Playing the Field, Fat Friends and In the Club as well as script edited numerous productions including The Syndicate. She also has a penchant for ice skates and sequins and was the original Queen of Dancing on Ice and is a long-term practicing Buddhist.

PETER JAMES is the UK’s number one bestselling author of crime and thriller novels. He was named by WHSmith as the ‘best crime author of all time’, and is known for his fast-paced and gripping stories that thrust regular people into extraordinary situations. He has proven himself to be one of the world’s most successful writers, delivering number one bestsellers time and time again.

His Superintendent Roy Grace books have been translated into 37 languages with worldwide sales of over 21 million copies with 18 number one Sunday Times Bestsellers, including the latest Roy Grace novel, Left You Dead, which came out in May 2021.
Grace, the adaptation of the Roy Grace novels, premiered on ITV in March 2021 to widespread critical acclaim, and with 8.8m viewers making it instantly one of the most successful TV dramas of 2021.

A second series commissioned, which will broadcast in 2022. The series stars John Simm as Roy Grace and Richie Campbell as Glenn Branson. Peter is an executive producer on the series.

Peter James (Pic: Mick Kavanagh)

As you can imagine, the reviews for Peter’s work are always amazing……

**** “This thrilling thriller had the audience on the edge of their seats” Latest 7 (for Peter James’ Not Dead Enough)

**** “A great night in the theatre” (for Peter James’ The Perfect Murder)

Adam Woodyatt will play Tom Bryce together with Gaynor Faye as Megan Macey. Joining them will be 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.

UK Tour Cast

Don’t miss your chance to see the world premiere tour of Peter James’ gripping new play. Tickets and performance times are below.

  • Tuesday – Thursday 7.30pm
    £20.00- £38.00
  • Friday & Saturday 7.30pm & Saturday 2.30pm performances 
    £20.00 – £40.00
  • Thursday 2.30pm
    £18.00 – £31.00
  • Boxes (maximum of 6 people)
    From £122.00
  • Standard Reductions: £3.50 off
    Tuesday – Friday 7.30pm
  • Over 60s: £20.00 each
    Thursday 2.30pm
  • React:
    £10.00 Tuesday – Thursday 7.30pm –  available from 6pm onwards

LOOKING GOOD DEAD gets to the New Theatre in Cardiff from Tuesday 28th September to Saturday 2nd October. To book your tickets just go HERE.

And to find out more about the play, cast, creatives and of course Peter James, just go HERE.


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