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Following on from five hit stage shows and the new acclaimed ITV series, Grace, the work of best selling author, Peter James returns to Mayflower Theatre, with the world premiere stage adaption of Wish You Were Dead. An all star cast includes George Rainsford, who returns to the stage after eight years as Ethan Hardy in BBC One’s Casualty and Clive Mantle, much loved for many roles including Casualty, Game of Thrones and the iconic ‘puddle’ scene in Vicar of Dibley.

When Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and Cleo Morey take their first holiday together, they hope for a few days away from their dark worlds of murder and the mortuary. But their dream escape turns out to be the holiday from hell.

Adapted exclusively for the stage, Wish You Were Dead is the latest thrilling instalment of the Grace Series – the most successful modern day crime stage franchise, since Agatha Christie. 


Praise for Peter James’ plays

"A thoroughly entertaining night out and I would highly recommend it."

"A thrilling evening’s entertainment…..…... grips you from start to finish."
British Theatre Guide

"One of the most gripping edge-of-your-seat evenings I have experienced in a theatre...totally
Southern Daily Echo

"Exceptional…..It really shows the possibility of theatre. It will send chills down your spine; go see it."
Norwich Evening News

"An excellent piece of theatre"
Birmingham What’s On

The producers of this show cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours including an interval.

Age Advice:

Recommended for 13+ Parental guidance.


Contains use of replica weapons and some violent scenes. Contains haze effects.

Standard Pricing
Thu 2pm £19.50 to £38.50
Sat 2pm £22.50 to £43.50
Tue - Sat 7.30pm £22.50 to £43.50

Discounts do not apply to lowest price.

Executive and Executive Plus Memberships [Find Out More] £6 off top two prices only at all performances or 20% off on Tue 6 June.
Groups (10+) £5 off. Not available online - please call 02380 711811.
Groups (20+) £6 off plus one free ticket with every 20 purchased.
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School & Young People's Groups (10+) All tickets £19.50 on Tue - Thu performances, plus one free supervisor with every 10.
Not available online - please email
Access Membership [What's This?] £5 off.

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Mayflower Theatre

Why not make your visit extra special and share a lovely pot of tea and delicious traditional treats in the bustling environment of our historic Grade II listed theatre? 

Afternoon Tea can be added to your booking after selecting your seats or by phoning the Box Office on 02380 711811.

VIP Experience

VIP Experiences at Mayflower Theatre

Make it an extra special visit with a VIP experience!

VIP Experiences include Prosecco, sweet treats and
interval ice-cream.

Book your VIP Experience now by calling the Box Office on
02380 711811.