Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace to take to stage as married couple
EastEnders pair Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace may be taking a break from the soap, but they are not taking a break from each other after signing up to play a married couple on stage.
The actors, who play Alfie and Kat Moon in the hit soap, will appear in a touring production of The Perfect Murder by best-selling crime writer Peter James.
They play couple Victor and Joan Smiley, whose marriage is murder, in the show which will be t he first time they have appeared on stage together.
Wallace said: "As soon as I read the script, I knew I had to do it.
"Watch out because sparks are going to fly and it's the perfect murder."
James said the casting was a "dream come true".
He said: " Shane has been a fan of my books for a while, as I have been of Shane.
"He and Jessie have been loved on television by huge audiences over a number of years, which just goes to show how great they are together and I can't wait to see Shane and Jessie planning to murder each other on stage every night."
The pair, who left Walford temporarily to star in their own spin-off series, will be seen on TV again when t heir characters visit Ireland to put their rocky past behind them in a six-part drama.
The stage show opens in Cheltenham in February before moving to theatres across the country including Newcastle, Edinburgh and Brighton.