Ian Dickens Productions presents the witty thriller Dead Ringer, at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre from Tuesday 21 until Saturday 25 August, as part of a UK tour.

Written by Charles Ross, Dead Ringer has an all-star cast led by Chris Ellison (Frank Burnside in The Bill) with Tony Adams who became a household name as Adam Chance in the long-running soap opera Crossroads, Keith Drinkel, Liz Mcdonald’s dodgy boyfriend Bob in Coronation Street and Joanne Heywood - Jessica Lovelock in Grace and Favour.

Menace and murder in high places - When the Prime Minister drops dead from an apparent heart attack on the eve of a general election, two cabinet members who fear they need his charisma to get re-elected hire an out of work actor to replace the deceased. This dead ringer is supposed to fill in until after the election is won, but he grows to like the role until he discovers that the real PM was poisoned. This thriller plunges from early amusing fantasy into murder and dark plots.

Chris Ellison will be replaced by Bournemouth local Jonathan Morris (Adrian Boswell in Bread) from Thursday onwards.