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Stage adaptation of Peter James novel, Perfect Murder, to appear at Buxton Opera House

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

By Thomas Butler-Roberts

  • There's an all-star cast – including Robert Daws, top, Dawn Steele and Gray O'Brien – for the performances of The Perfect Murder at Buxton Opera House later this month.

  • Dawn Steele

  • Simona Armstrong

  • Gray O'Brien

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PETER James's best-selling novel The Perfect Murder is set to delight audiences in a stage adaptation at the Buxton Opera House this month.

A dark comedy thriller, the show boasts an "all-star company" including Robert Daws, best known for his role as Dr Gordon Ormerod in the 1960s ITV hospital drama, The Royal.

Playing his wife, Dawn Steele has starred in many popular series, including ITV's Wild at Heart. She has also appeared in BBC's Monarch of the Glen.

The play follows the story of Victor and Joan Smiley, whose 20-year marriage has reached crisis point where the couple cannot bear one another.

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As Victor ponders how to commit the perfect murder, a nasty surprise is just around the corner.

Meanwhile, as a young detective, Roy Grace starts to investigate his first homicide case, and when dark forces intervene, Grace begins to fear that nothing is quite as it seems.

With his Roy Grace series of novels selling more than 15 million copies, and published in 36 languages, Peter James says he is thrilled to see his work on stage.

He said: "Ever since I was a small boy, I dreamed of one day having something I wrote appear on stage.

"This wonderful, funny – and at times scary – adaptation is a dream come true."

The show has already won nationwide critical and audience acclaim earlier this year in performances across the country from Bath to Glasgow.

Writer Shaun McKenna and director Ian Talbot are both award-winners in their fields and bring their talents to this production.

Also starring in the play is Coronation Street's Gray O'Brien continuing his acclaimed role as Don Kirk, Simona Armstrong, finalist of the BBC show, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Downton Abbey star, Thomas Howes as Roy Grace himself.

The play runs from Monday, September 22 until Saturday, September 27. Tickets start at £19.50 and can be bought online at www.buxtonoperahouse. org.uk or from the box office at 0845 127 2190.

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