Martina Cole, global author, in Stratford for book adaptation

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 September 2012

Martina Cole Picture: Nikki Crisp

Martina Cole Picture: Nikki Crisp


International crime writer Martina Cole will be in Stratford tomorrow in conjunction with the stage adaptation of her first novel, Dangerous Lady.

The explosive drama which is set in London’s underworld will be presented at Theatre Royal Stratford East next month as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of the novel’s first publication in 1992.

Following the fortunes of a London Irish gangland family, Dangerous Lady spans three decades from the 1950s to the 1980s. After a devastating love affair destroys all hopes of a normal life, 17-year-old Maura Ryan decides to join the family business and help her wild brother Michael carve up London.

Martina Cole said “I can’t believe it’s twenty years since the publication of my first novel Dangerous Lady and now I’m so thrilled that Theatre Royal Stratford East are adapting it for the stage, following their wonderful adaptations of Two Women and The Graft. I can’t wait to see all of my characters coming to life agai

It follows two stage adaptations of Martina’s work at Theatre Royal Stratford East, with Two Women in 2010 and The Graft in 2011.

Martina Cole is one of the UK’s most renowned crime writers and is a worldwide phenomenon, with sales of her books exceeding 10 million copies. Her new book The Life is published by Headline in September 2012.

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