Ahead of the productions first performance this week at Bromley, producer Josh Andrews has today announced that Katie McGlynn, will be joining the lead cast for the UK tour of Peter James’ Wish You Were Dead, from May this year.
Katie, best known for her seven-year starring role as Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street (for which she won a National Television Award), as well as Waterloo Road, Hollyoaks and the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing – will be taking over the role of Cleo Morey from Giovanna Fletcher, who will be performing the role on tour from February 16th through to April 29th. Tickets for all tour venues are on sale now from PeterJames.com.
Katie will be making her professional stage play debut in this World Premiere production of Wish You Were Dead, playing the role of Cleo Morey from 2nd May at the Leeds Grand Theatre, and then performing at top theatres across the UK until the tour concludes on 29 July at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre.
Katie will join other star cast members, George Rainsford (Casualty, Holby City, Call The Midwife) as DSI Roy Grace and Clive Mantle (Game of Thrones, The Vicar of Dibley, Sherlock, Casualty) as Curtis. Other cast include Rebecca McKinnis, Callum Sheridan-Lee, Alex Stedman and Gemma Stroyan and Leon Stewart will reprise his role as DS Glenn Branson, having previously starred in another Peter James stage adaptation, Looking Good Dead. The understudies are Lizzie Grace, Jayda Kariuki and Christopher Killik.
Katie McGlynn said: “I can’t think of a better way to make my stage play debut than with this brilliant and thrilling Peter James masterpiece and am so excited to be performing alongside such an incredibly talented cast. I’m really looking forward to visiting theatres all over the country, witnessing the audience reaction to the many twists, turns and edge-of-your-seat moments in the show.”
Wish You Were Dead follows five successful stage plays and the critically acclaimed smash-hit primetime ITV series ‘Grace’, which are all based on the best-selling novels by the UK’s number one crime author Peter James. This will be the sixth stage adaptation of James’ novels – making it the most successful crime thriller stage franchise since Agatha Christie.