Bill Ward To Star In The World Stage Premiere Of ‘Not Dead Enough’

Award-winning actor Bill Ward, who left ITV’s Emmerdale in a murderous exit, is taking to the stage in the next thrilling stage adaptation of multi-million selling author Peter James’ Not Dead Enough.

Not Dead Enough heads to the Opera House, Manchester, from Monday 22 May to Saturday 27 May 2017.

Prior to playing Emmerdale favourite James Barton, Bill was also a familiar face on TV screens and is also best known for his multi award-winning role as the villainous Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street (2003-2007). West End stage credits include Johnny in Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre), and Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet.

Bill will play Peter James’ famous literary Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, and will be appearing alongside Laura Whitmore (Strictly Come Dancing) and Stephen Billington (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street).

Following Peter James’ 11th consecutive Sunday Times No.1 in the UK Book Charts and the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple on stage, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns with the world premiere production of Not Dead Enough.

On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was 60 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.

No stranger to theatre, Laura Whitmore’s acting career began at a young age with the Leinster School of Music and Drama in Dublin. In the very same year that she completed her Diploma in Performance with a special honour for her final performance she was chosen as the new face of MTV Europe. Laura is best known for her work as a presenter for MTV, The Brits, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Here Now, and most recently for gracing our screens as one of the stars in 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1.

Award winning actor Stephen Billington is best known for television roles in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, as well as film roles including the Academy Award winning Braveheart.

Not Dead Enough is the third novel in the award winning Roy Grace series and now becomes the third play in his box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise. James has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ (Daily Mail), and his brilliant international bestselling Roy Grace novels have been published in 36 languages and sold over 18 million copies worldwide.

The new production follows the nationwide success of The Perfect Murder with Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace.Not Dead Enough will reunite Peter James with theatre producer Joshua Andrews, the Olivier award winning director Ian Talbot, and award winning writer Shaun McKenna.

Book now at  or by calling the box office on 0844 871 3018.


Not Dead Enough

Opera House, Manchester

3 Quay Street


M3 3HP

Monday 22 May – Saturday 27 May 2017

Performances: Mon–Sat at 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm

Tickets: From £17.50

Box Office: 0844 871 3018

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Matthew has been writing for the past 5 years about music, sports and movies and has now finally got his chance to write about theatre. Having previously worked for the likes of Kerrang and Uncut, as well as previously having a radio show for 6 Towns, he has interviewed hundreds of bands throughout his career.

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