EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt’s new play has only sold 10% of tickets for opening night during break from Ian Beale role

EASTENDERS star Adam Woodyatt’s new play has only sold 10 per cent of tickets for opening night.

The actor, 52, has taken a break from playing Ian Beale in the BBC One soap, which he joined in 1985, to return to the theatre.

He's set to star in Peter James' Looking Good Dead – based on the number one best=selling author's thrilling Roy Grace series.

But tickets haven't been selling out fast – with just 100 tickets bought for the 900-seat theatre.

It's likely however, that with the lockdown restrictions only just easing, there will be a last-minute rush to see the soap star on stage.

He stars alongside Emmerdale's Gaynor Faye as Tom Bryce who witnesses a vicious murder.

After reporting the crime to police, Tom and his family are suddenly in grave danger.

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace must crack the case in time to save the Bryce family’s lives.

Looking Good Dead marks Adam’s return to stage in a play for the first time since 1982 when he appeared in Tom Stoppard’s On The Razzle at the National Theatre.

Ahead of the show opening, Adam said: "I am so excited to be swapping the square for the road in the world premiere stage production of Peter’s fantastic novel Looking Good Dead.

"I can’t wait to tour the UK and to experience the feeling of performing this thrilling play in front of a live audience every night.

"There are not many things that would persuade me to take a break from EastEnders, but this is one of them."

Adam is the longest-serving cast member in EastEnders, having appeared continuously as Ian Beale since the show began in 1985.

He was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and won Best Actor two yeats later at the British Soap Awards after the EastEnders 30th Anniversary Live episode.

A theatre spokesman said: "As theatres reopen and audiences return, we are all seeing changes in booking patterns and tickets are now more likely to be purchased closer to the date of the performance.

"Curve is also the very first venue of this new tour and so a number of seats are being held for use by creatives and guests."

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