Award-winning actor Bill Ward leads the cast of Not Dead Enough which comes to Manchester’s Opera House next month.

The actor, who left ITV’s Emmerdale in a murderous exit, takes to the stage in the adaptation of multi-million selling author Peter James’ work.  Bill will play Peter James’ famous literary Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.  He appears alongside Laura Whitmore (Strictly Come Dancing) and Stephen Billington (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street).

What is Not Dead Enough about?

Not Dead Enough is the third novel in the award winning Roy Grace series.  It has now become the third play in the box office Roy Grace franchise.

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.

The world premiere production of Not Dead Enough follows author Peter James’ 11th consecutive Sunday Times No 1 in the UK Book Charts.  It also comes after the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder (with Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace) and Dead Simple on stage.

Who is the cast and crew of Not Dead Enough at the Opera House Manchester?

Not Dead Enough reunites Peter James with theatre producer Joshua Andrews.  Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot directs with writing from the award winning Shaun McKenna.

The cast of Not Dead Enough at the Opera House, Manchester, comprises Bill Ward, Laura Whitmore and Stephen Billington.

Bill Ward was a familiar face on television even prior to his role as Emmerdale favourite James Barton.  He is best known for his award-winning run as the villainous Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street (2003-2007).  He has also appeared in the West End, with stage credits including Johnny in Viva Forever and Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet.

image of Bill Ward and Laura Whitmore who star in Not Dead Enough at Manchester's Opera House

Bill Ward and Laura Whitmore star in Not Dead Enough at the Opera House, Manchester

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 became the new face of MTV Europe. Laura Whitmore is best known for her work as a presenter for MTV, The Brits, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Here Now, and her run as one of the stars in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

Award winning actor Stephen Billington’s television roles include Coronation Street (Greg Kelly) and Hollyoaks (Danny Lomax).  He has also appeared in film, with roles including the Academy Award winning Braveheart.

Where and when is Not Dead Enough performed in Manchester?

Not Dead Enough runs at the Opera House, Manchester from Monday 22 May until Saturday 27 May.  Performances are at 7.30pm with additional 2.30pm showings on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets from £17.50.