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'EastEnders' Kat And Alfie Moon Actors Jessie Wallace And Shane Richie To Star On Stage Together

23/07/2015 12:16 BST | Updated 23/07/2015 12:59 BST

Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie are set to work on a non-’EastEnders’ project together, and will be treading the boards on stage.

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The co-stars, whose characters are currently taking a break from Walford, are set to star as as a married couple Victor and Joan Smiley, in the dark comedy ‘The Perfect Murder’.

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Jessie and Shane as Kat and Alfie

Admittedly, we’d prefer to have heard that ‘Kat And Alfie: The Musical’ was about to become a thing, but this is great news nonetheless.

The play is based on a book by crime writer Peter James, and the author has shared his excitement ahead of the production.

“Shane has been a fan of my books for a while, as I have been of Shane,” he stated.

“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!"

Kat and Alfie aren’t a thing of the past though, and Jessie and Shane will reprise their roles for a special spin-off show later this year, before returning to Albert Square.

While the soap couple are currently in Spain, the spin-off drama will be set in Ireland.

‘The Perfect Murder’ will start at Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre on 2 February 2016, before going on a UK tour.

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