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Looking Good Dead
30th August 2021 - 4th September 2021
The thrilling Roy Grace series from multi-million No.1 best-selling author Peter James returns to Malvern with the world premiere stage production of Looking Good Dead, starring award-winning actor and EastEnders icon, Adam Woodyatt, and star of stage and screen Gaynor Faye (Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Syndicate).
No good deed goes unpunished…hours after picking up a USB memory stick, left behind by another passenger on a train seat, 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.
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!
Don’t miss your chance to see the world premiere tour of Peter James’ gripping new play.
This event was originally due to take place 1st-6th March 2021. We have contacted all existing ticketholders to either transfer or refund tickets. If you have a query please call the box office on 01684 892277 (Mon-sat, 9.30am-5.30pm).
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes, including one 20-minute interval.
Entirely entertaining first evening performance at Malvern , reminding tonight’s audience why we all love and have missed live theatre. Enthusiastically applauded by one and all who appreciated the reciprocal applause given by the grateful cast.
Rise up all you missing theatre goers , be brave, get out there, live life and fill those empty seats this week , as this excellent crafted drama executed by all this creative cast deserve your full theatre support
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It's so good to be back in the theatre again, not just with a good size audience but also to see a production which hasn't had to be pared back to accommodate social distancing and masks, etc. For Peter James' latest play to hit the stage has a cast of nine, with the full stage incorporating three different locations (including an S&M torture chamber) and there is even some hugging, for goodness sake, which was probably more surprising than the torture chamber!
Looking Good Dead follows his other "dead" novel adaptations - Dead Simple, Not Dead Enough plus The Perfect Murder and The House on Cold Hill. This time, the stars come from the main three soaps - Adam Woodyatt (38 years in EastEnders) and Gaynor Faye (Emmerdale and Coronation Street).
Never one to ignore current trends (indeed, one of the "stars" of The House on Cold Hill was everybody's friend, Alexa), this time the story revolves around a USB stick, live-streaming sites hidden on the dark web, data being stored in the cloud and Bitcoins. Keep up!
Adam Woodyat is the one who finds the USB stick and is therefore responsible for all that follows. But it becomes increasingly clear that the Bryce family business - and indeed the family itself - is on something of a downward spiral. He is virtually bankrupt, his wife is an alcoholic and their son is 17 years old - enough said!
It is therefore down to the police to sort the wheat from the chaff and find out what is really going on with the deaths and kidnappings and who is responsible. Which, of course, in the true manner of these things, is not revealed until the dying moments… All of this is intermixed with moments of humour (and some awful jokes cracked by Grace's sidekick). The inclusion of an American businessman may just give some hint that maybe all is not what it seems…
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (played this time by Harry Long) features in another enjoyable romp through the darker side of policing, keeping the audience guessing with its plot twists until the very end in a production which certainly doesn't disappoint.
All I can say is that this production was absolutely brilliant! The best play I've seen in ages .... all of the actors were fantastic ... a great story, great twist and just fab!!!
You must go and watch it
While great to be back in the theatre, this production was very disappointing. It was a very clever set, except for the police offices which slid on and off, however we felt no atmosphere or tension at all. The two male detectives were not convincing and were able to relay a telephone message or call before they even had time to hear or read it themselves. The last scene reminded of us of a Victorian melodrama. Sorry, not for us.
Brilliant, loved it. Unexpected twists and turns and the performers were fantastic. What a show! Felt the elation at the end of the show for actors being able to perform back on the stage. If there's one play to go and watch this is it!