Laura Whitmore stuns in gold as she announces details of upcoming play Not Dead Enough

The presenter has been waiting a long time to return to acting

Laura Whitmore stuns in gold as she announces details of upcoming play Not Dead Enough

Laura Whitmore looked stunning in a gold Simone Rocha dress, as she announced details of the forthcoming stage production of author Peter James’ Not Dead Enough.

The play will from the 18th of April to 22nd April 2017 at Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre, and the MTV presenter will star alongside actors Shane Richie and Bill Ward.

No stranger to theatre, Laura 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, she was chosen as the new face of MTV Europe, and is now best known for her work as a presenter for MTV, The Brits and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Here Now.

Speaking about Not Dead Enough, Laura said, "I'm a huge fan of Peter James' books and so honoured to be cast as his Cleo for her first theatrical outing. Peter has created a strong character in Cleo Morely and I can't wait to sink my teeth into the role.

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"I'm also unbelievably excited to work with Producer Joshua Andrews and Director Ian Talbot. Before I trained in Journalism, I studied Drama and played some great roles including Lady Macbeth and Annie in All My Sons! I have been waiting a long time to return to acting and for a great role like this to come along, so I can’t wait to get on stage around the UK and of course Dublin with Not Dead Enough," she said.

Meahwhile, author Peter James said, "The characters in my Roy Grace novels are very precious to me and I have a very clear image of each of them in my mind. In bringing my work to the stage, I’ve tried hard in the casting, masterminded by Josh Andrews, to find brilliant performers who bear a strong resemblance to my vision of the characters - to lift them truly off the page.

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"The moment I met Laura Whitmore and she began reading a scene from the play I had that deep thrill of knowing we had found my absolutely perfect Cleo - the way she looks and the warmth and energy she radiates - just perfect in every way."

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Murder mystery: Laura will star as Cleo in the stage production 

Not Dead Enough is the third novel in the award winning Roy Grace series and now becomes the third play in his box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise.

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The story's synopsis reads, "On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty 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."

Tickets for the play are priced from €17.50, and are available from www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.

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