Les Dennis in The Perfect Murder

Les Dennis in The Perfect Murder. Photo by Alastair Muir.Les Dennis in The Perfect Murder. Photo by Alastair Muir.
Les Dennis in The Perfect Murder. Photo by Alastair Muir.

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The stage version of Peter James’ best selling novel, The Perfect Murder, opens at the Wycombe Swan tonight.

It’s the world premiere of the show and stars comedian, entertainer and actor Les Dennis.

Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for a long time. But Victor secretly loathes Joan and is getting attention elsewhere. And Joan is bored stiff by Victor, whose irritating ways are driving her mad.

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The marriage has reached a crisis point and Victor decides there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever………but he’s about to get a nasty surprise.

The Perfect Murder. Photo by Alastair Muir.The Perfect Murder. Photo by Alastair Muir.
The Perfect Murder. Photo by Alastair Muir.

As young Detective Roy Grace starts to investigate his very first murder case, he begins to fear that nothing is quite as it seems.

Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot directs an all-star cast. Alongside Les Dennis is Claire Goose, who starred in the BBC hit series Waking the Dead and Casualty as well as ITV’s The Bill and most recently SKY TV’s comedy-drama Mount Pleasant.

They are joined by Gray O’Brien, who recently enjoyed an award-winning three years in Coronation Street and has also starred in the TV series Titanic, Peak Practice and Casualty as well as in the West End in Sleuth and Steven Miller (Casualty).

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Peter James has won numerous awards both in the UK and in the USA. In 2012 Peter won the coveted US Barry Award for Best British Crime Thriller. The Perfect murder spent 15 weeks at No 1 and remained for 50 weeks in the iBooks Top 10 and he has recently enjoyed great success with the latest release in the Roy Grace Series, Dead Man’s Time.

He said: “Ever since I was a small boy when my parents first took me to the theatre , I dreamed of one day having something I wrote appear on the stage.

“This wonderful, extremely funny and, in parts, very scary adaptation on The Perfect Murder is truly a dream come true.

“And I do not think we could have a more perfect, murderously wonderful cast!”

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Running until Saturday. For tickets call the box office 01494 512000 or visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk

The show goes to Milton Keynes Theatre on March 31 for a week. For tickets call 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

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