Albert Square’s on-again off-again lovers Kat and Alfie Moon may have disappeared from our screens to take a trip around the Emerald Isle but now the duo are set to appear on stage together too – albeit as different characters.
Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie are bringing their Walford double act to new audiences as they star in a touring production of The Perfect Murder by best-selling crime writer Peter James. Doesn’t sound too far removed from E20 in fairness, especially following Lucy Beale’s untimely demise.
The Perfect Murder sees the pair playing Victor and Joan Smiley, a couple whose marriage is described as “murder”. The pair have been married for quite some time but, with their relationship reaching crisis point, Victor has decided that there’s only one way to solve his problems with his missis.
Hopefully he won’t attempt to do her in by setting off an explosion in the house – we all know how that ended down Albert Square… Anyway, Victor thinks he’s got The Perfect Murder in mind until young Detective Roy Grace takes his first homicide case and dark forces intervene.
Based on the novel of the same name, the play toured last year with Robert Dawes, Dawn Steele and Grey O’Brien among the cast.
“As soon as I read the script, I knew I had to do it”, said Wallace. “Watch out, because sparks are going to fly and it’s the perfect murder.”
And author James seems to think it’s the perfect casting, too: “Shane has been a fan of my books for a while, as I have been of Shane. He and Jessie have been loved on television by huge audiences over a number of years, which just goes to show how great they are together and I can’t wait to see Shane and Jessie planning to murder each other on stage every night.”
Fans can get their first glimpse of Richie and Wallace on stage together in Cheltenham next February before they embark on a tour of theatres across the country.
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