Look who is playing the new Inspector Morse

PUBLISHED: 10:37 26 August 2010 | UPDATED: 10:37 26 August 2010

Colin Baker

Colin Baker

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POPULAR television crime drama Inspector Morse, based on Colin Dexter’s best-selling novels, is to make its first-ever transition from screen-to-stage in House of Ghosts.

The nationwide tour will kick off at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage on Friday.

Unlike many screen-to-stage productions, the play, by Calibre Productions, is not an adaptation of the television series.

It is instead a completely original stage production – directed by Robin Herford – inspired by the novels and written by Alma Cullen, with guidance and support from novelist Colin Dexter OBE.

Former Doctor Who actor Colin Baker will lead the cast of 15 as the senior Thames Valley Police CID officer, detective chief inspector Endeavour Morse, famously played by the late John Thaw in the ITV series.

Andrew Bone, who has appeared in Doctors and Silent Witness, takes on the role of Morse’s sidekick Lewis, the character still played on TV by Kevin Whately.

Mr Baker said: “For me to have the opportunity to follow in John Thaw’s footsteps and bring this sullen, intuitive intellectual to life on-stage is both daunting and very exciting.

“While revisiting the character in Dexter’s novels, I am both appalled, and greatly encouraged to discover just how many characteristics I share with the great inspector.

“It’s a great and fiendishly clever script – I simply can’t wait.”

Writer Alma said: “With four Morse screenplays to my name and, more recently, four stage plays, how could I resist the challenge of bringing Morse to the stage in a brand-new drama?

“Look out for familiar features in a story that puts the detective in touch with a former lover and an old enemy.”

Producer Ed O’Driscoll added: “We’re keenly aware of our responsibility to the millions of fans of both the books and TV series and have tried to stay true to the spirit of Colin Dexter’s marvellous characters.

“At the same time we’re obviously very excited by this unique opportunity to bring Morse to the stage with a new mystery to solve, that we’re sure will thrill audiences across the UK”.

Performances start at 7.45pm. Thursday and Saturday matinees begin at 2.30pm.

House of Ghosts runs until September 4.

There will be no show on August 30.

Tickets start at £16.

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