All-star cast for Wolverhampton drama season

Published: 22 June 2013
Reporter: Steve Orme

Dean Gaffney, Gemma Bissix, Katy Manning, Oliver Mellor, Karen Ford, Peter Amory, Rebecca Wheatley, Kim Taylforth and Michelle Morris will all be appearing in this year’s summer play season at Wolverhampton Grand.

The theatre will be staging a four-week season of summer drama for the fourth consecutive year.

The first play will be Simon Brett’s Murder in Play which features a hapless theatre director discovering his wife murdered during a rehearsal for his latest murder mystery.

Dean Gaffney, best known for playing Robbie Jackson in EastEnders, Gemma Bissix who was villainous Clare Devine in Hollyoaks and Katy Manning—Doctor Who’s assistant Jo Grant in the 1970s—will be joined onstage by David Callister and Richard Tate.

Murder in Play runs from Tuesday until Saturday (25 until 29 June).

The following week Rebecca Wheatley, Kim Taylforth and Michelle Morris take the plunge into the world of a women’s steam room in Neil Dunn’s comedy Steaming.

Containing “adult themes, nudity and some adult language”, Steaming is a “hilarious girls' night of feminine wisdom, secrets and intimate thoughts which sees six women expose themselves on every level to their closest friends with hilarious consequences”.

It runs at the Grand from 2 until 6 July.

Former Emmerdale bad boy Peter Amory returns to Wolverhampton in Angela Huth’s marital drama The Trouble with Old Lovers.

Amory will be joined by another former Doctor Who assistant, Nicola Bryant.

The Trouble with Old Lovers runs from 9 until 13 July.

Oliver Mellor and Karen Ford will team up with former singing star Anita Harris in Emlyn Williams’s classic period thriller A Murder has been Arranged. It runs from 16 until 20 July.