All-star Cast Bring New Ghostly Thriller To Theatre Royal Stage

Issue 45

A stellar cast of TV favourites are bringing top crime author Peter James' spine-tingling new play The House on Cold Hill to the Theatre Royal stage this month (18-23 March).

The no.1 best-selling author’s all new thriller will be brought to life by award-winning actress Rita Simons (Eastenders) and BAFTA nominated Joe McFadden (Holby City and winner of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing 2017).

Best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in the longrunning BBC1 drama, Rita will play the role of Caro Harcourt, wife of McFadden’s Ollie. Their daughter Jade will be played by Persephone Swales-Dawson (villainess Nico Blake in Hollyoaks), making her professional stage debut.

In James’ ghostly mystery, which is based on his own real-life experience, the Harcourt family move into the house of their dreams, an old Georgian mansion which has lain empty and neglected for the last 40 years. However, their ‘perfect’ home quickly turns into the stuff of nightmares as they begin to sense that they aren’t the only residents at Cold Hill.

Rita said: “I’m really thrilled to be starring in the House on Cold Hill alongside such great actors. I could not put it down when I first read the script – it’s a brilliant and modern day supernatural thriller that had me totally gripped and occasionally jumping out of my seat!”

Joe said: “I’m so pleased to be on board for the new Peter James stage play. I’m looking forward to us shocking and thrilling audiences around the UK with The House on Cold Hill.”

The House on Cold Hill will reunite Peter James with Olivier-nominated theatre producer Joshua Andrews, Olivier award-winning director Ian Talbot and writer Shaun McKenna.

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