Not Dead Enough by Peter James



Following the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to the stage with the world premiere production of Not Dead Enough. Starring award-winning actor Shane Richie as DS Roy Grace, Laura Whitmore, one of the stars of 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1, and Stephen Billington, best known for roles on Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.

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…

Adapted for the stage by award winning writer Shaun McKenna and directed by Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot, Not Dead Enough is the third novel in Peter James’ award winning Roy Grace series and the third play in his box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise. Peter has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ (Daily Mail) and his brilliant novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide. He is the 2016 recipient of crime writing’s highest honour, the Diamond Dagger.

Please note, Laura Whitmore will be not performing in the matinee on Wednesday 22nd February.


Critical acclaim for Peter James’ The Perfect Murder:

“It’s a night for everyone, with horror, intrigue and mystery. It’s terrific!” British Theatre Guide

“A cracking night out” Manchester Evening News

“Simply captivating and utterly unmissable” Kent Enquirer

Critical acclaim for Peter James’ Dead Simple:

‘Quite simply one of the best crime thrillers I’ve seen on stage’ Chichester Observer

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Not Dead Enough

Best-selling author Peter James with Shane Richie and Laura Whitmore

Ticket price includes  a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.


  • Liz
    February 20, 2017

    Just back from a thrilling first night at the theatre. Not Dead Enough certainly rattled along for the first half, with the stage mics picking up voices and footsteps, however, seemed to run out of steam after the interval. The complications of the plot nearly got away from the cast but both Shane Richie and Stephen Billington held it together well and we hurtled to an unforeseen conclusion.

  • Choice Radio Worcester
    February 22, 2017

    Murders seem to be de rigueur in the theatre at the moment and some of the best plays of the genre come courtesy of the pen of Peter James. Following on from his other hits, Dead Simple and The Perfect Murder, his current play is no exception – indeed Not Dead Enough actually starts with a gruesome murder on stage, which is one of three which pose DS Roy Grace (Shane Richie) considerable problems as he struggles to understand the connection between them and the personal impact of one of them in particular…

    The set is split into three – an upper level mortuary, the detective’s office and an interview room – with the action seamlessly moving between each area. This allows the plot to move forward at a good pace as it becomes unclear what exactly is the involvement of main suspect, Brian Bishop (Stephen Billington), one of the victim’s husband, for whom there is plenty of circumstantial evidence but nothing concrete, to the utter frustration of Grace, who begins to question whether Bishop is actually implicated or not…

    What you might not expect in this play of multiple murders is the number of funny lines which had the full audience roaring with laughter, though that might be just a natural release mechanism. Richie doesn’t play it for laughs, of course, remaining stoically dead-pan throughout – it is the script which does that, dropping in humorous one-liners when you least expect them…

    Without giving too much away, it is a long way into the play that you might suspect that all is not quite what it seems and a lot later than that when the actual culprit is unveiled

    A hugely enjoyable show with great performances from all the cast, this will keep you guessing until the final moments…

  • Denise
    February 23, 2017

    Excellent performance with great acting (especially from Shane Richie) script, plot and direction. Brilliant set design that works as 4 different locations in 1 without any scenery being moved which is ingenious and works very well. Only downside for me personally was the fact that when the actors were taking there bows they always looked frontwards and didn’t acknowledge they audience in the boxes at the sides.

  • Judith
    February 23, 2017

    Well, that was a roller coaster! Saw this last night – Wednesday. Really enjoyed this and it’s not til the end that you get the final twist in the play. I personally found two characters in particular totally over acted, one shouted instead of talked and the other had a voice so shrill it began to grate. I was suitably impressed with Shane Ritchie (never watched Eastenders) and Stephen Billington was a revelation! Typical Peter James and a great show.

  • K.
    February 23, 2017

    Being a big fan of Peter James, and a writer myself, I wanted to see this play because I thought it would help me understand the development of screenplay scripts. I must admit to being very disappointed. I felt the majority of the cast were over-egging it, Ritchie especially, and with the exception of the understudy to play Cleo, who was the most credible, I doubt I would want to see anything more in this vein. The set was cheap and colourless. The condensed script, predictable and the premise, differing from the book quite markedly, was ridiculous.

  • Kate
    February 24, 2017

    Went to the Thursday night evening showing &, from what I’ve heard, I wish I’d gone to the Weds matinee. Laura Whitmore is such a poor actress ~ totally spoilt it for me & it sounds like the understudy on Weds was very good. Glad I bought a standby ticket as I would have been very naffed off to have paid full price. Shane Richie was very good though.