Following his leading part in last year's hugely successful national tour of The Perfect Murder, Shane Richie is returning to Coventry's Belgrade Theatre next month in the Peter James thriller Not Dead Enough. The multi-award-winning actor will star as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace alongside Laura Whitmore as Cleo Morey.

Best known for his long-running TV performance as EastEnders' Alfie Moon, Richie is soon set to reprise his role in the brand new spin-off series Redwater. Set to broadcast early this year, the series sees Alfie and his wife Kat (Jessie Wallace) leave London to embark on a new life in Ireland.

Based on the third novel in Peter James' award-winning Roy Grace series, Not Dead Enough is the latest in production in what has become a critically acclaimed and enormously popular stage franchise. The story sees Grace investigate a chilling murder case, with the victim's husband and prime suspect Brian Bishop claiming to have been asleep in bed sixty miles away at the time of the incident. As the detective digs deeper into the case, all while struggling to deal with his own wife's mysterious disappearance, it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.

“I’m thrilled to be asked to play one of the most interesting and innovative characters of modern times in policing,” said Richie. “I’ve never read a Peter James book and not been taken on a journey of menace, excitement and a roller coaster of a journey with all the thrills and chills! It’s an honour to be asked to play Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.”

Joining him on stage will be actress, model and TV presenter Laura Whitmore, who recently appeared in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. The production sees novelist Peter James reunited with theatre producer Joshua Andrews, Olivier Award-winning director Ian Talbot and award-winning playwright Shaun McKenna.

“I’m really delighted Shane Richie is going to be playing the role of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in the forthcoming stage adaptation of my novel, Not Dead Enough,” said James. “Shane is a wonderful actor and I think he has that combination of warmth, toughness and deeply innate compassionate humanity that defines Roy. We first discussed him playing the role three years ago, and I could not be happier it has finally come to fruition, all the more so after his terrific performance as Victor Smiley in the stage adaptation of my novella, The Perfect Murder, earlier this year. I can’t wait to work with Shane again and I’m excited by the combination of Shane and Laura Whitmore on stage together.”

Described by the Daily Mail as “one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters”, James recently became the recipient of crime writing's highest plaudit, the Diamond Dagger, receiving the award in 2016. His international bestselling Roy Grace novels have been published in 37 different languages and sold an amazing 18 million copies worldwide. His latest novel, Love You Dead, remained at Number 1 in the national fiction hardback charts for three consecutive weeks.

Not Dead Enough runs on the Belgrade Theatre Main Stage from Monday 27 March until Saturday 1 April. Tickets are available now priced from £27.50 by calling the box office on 024 7655 3055 or online at belgrade.co.uk.