New stage for soap stars
Posted: 19 Feb 2016
EastEnders viewers are used to watching
Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace on-screen as Kat and Alfie but now the duo are
taking to the stage together for the first time as they come to Newcastle
Theatre Royal with The Perfect Murder from 22-27 Feb.
The setting is new but the set-up is similar, with the actors cast in another
tumultuous husband-and-wife relationship for this adaptation of the bestseller
by crime thriller novelist Peter James.
Jessie said: “Part of the reason I wanted to do this was because of the great
script but also getting to work with Shane on stage, which we’ve never done in
14 years of working together. “I’ve worked in the theatre a few times and I
love the whole journey of it – from meeting everybody, like new cast members
and the production team and the director, to making this product and putting it
on stage. Going into it with Shane is another experience for me, but our
chemistry from EastEnders is a great help.”
Shane added: “We’ve got like a mental shorthand, where we know each other’s
strengths and weaknesses, so we kind of prop each other up when we need to and
step away from each other when we need to. We’ve known each other for the best
part of 14 years so it’s about the characters, not worrying about getting to
know each other as people.”
And those characters are Victor Smiley and his wife Joan, who’ve been married
for a long time. 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.
Tickets are from £17.50 (pay less online) and can be purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.ukor from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (calls cost 7ppm plus
your phone company’s access charge).