THE world premiere tour of the stage version of hit Peter James novel Wish You Were Dead will come to Southampton in 2023.

Featuring TV favourite DSI Roy Grace, this will be the sixth stage adaptation of James’ best-selling novels - making it the most successful crime thriller stage franchise since Agatha Christie.

Adapted exclusively for the stage, it will arrive at Mayflower Theatre from June 6 to 10.

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Wish You Were Dead follows DSI Roy Grace and Cleo Morey as they take a much-needed holiday together. Cleo hopes that she will finally get Grace to herself for a few days and away from his crime solving exploits. But their dream escape turns out to be the holiday from hell, as the past comes back to haunt them.

Peter James told the Daily Echo: "I have always loved live theatre, so it’s been thrilling to watch how much audiences around the UK have loved the plays.

"Inside the safe cocoon of a theatre, audiences love to be on the edge of their seats and sometimes shocked, always hoping when that final curtain falls, order will have been restored and the world will seem just a little bit of a better place.

"It will be fantastic to see another one of my books being adapted for the stage."

Previous Peter James novels brought to the stage include Looking Good Dead, which previoiusly played Southampton starring Adam Woodyatt.

The gripping television series Grace was an immediate success with audiences when it launched on ITV in 2021, with almost nine million viewers tuning in to watch the primetime drama starring John Simm as DSI Roy Grace. Series two returned to TV screens in spring this year, with five more thrilling episodes being the most watched programme across all channels on each of the Sundays they were broadcast. A third series has already been commissioned for 2023.

Peter James has topped the Sunday Times bestseller list 19 times and has achieved global book sales of over 21 million copies. His plot twisting page turners have been translated into 37 languages.

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