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New stage for soap stars

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).

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