- February 4, 2019
Joe McFadden & Rita Simons star in the new stage verion of best selling author Peter James’ novel The House on Cold Hill.
The thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to Brighton in 2019 with the world premiere production of the spine chilling stage play The House on Cold Hill – Adapted from his best-selling 2015 novel and based on the author’s own real life experience in a haunted house, the play will star winner of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing 2017, Joe McFadden as Ollie Harcourt and joining him, as his wife Caro Harcourt, will be award winning actress Rita Simons, (who played the iconic Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders), as well as award winning actors, Charlie Clements (Bradley in EastEnders) as Chris, and Persephone Swales-Dawson (villainess ‘Nico Blake’ in Hollyoaks) as Jade, making her professional stage debut.
In Peter’s ghostly mystery, the Harcourt family – Ollie, Caro and daughter Jade – move into the house of the dreams that has been empty for the last forty years. However, their dream home quickly turns into the stuff of nightmares, as DEAD SCARY they begin to sense that they aren’t the only residents at Cold Hill… The House on Cold Hill is a modern day ghostly thriller that will send shivers down your spine and make you think twice about returning home to a dark, empty house after the show!
Rita Simons said, “I am really thrilled to be starring in the House on Cold Hill along side such great actors as Joe, Charlie, Persephone and the rest of the cast. 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! I can’t wait to see audiences hopefully have the same reaction to it, in theatres around the UK.”
Joe McFadden said, “It’s a real honour to be entrusted with the character of Ollie and the words of skilled wordsmith, Peter James. He’s created a story that is both chilling and an interesting portrayal of modern family life and will definitely make you think twice about buying that sprawling dream pad in the country!”
Charlie Clements starred in EastEnders from 2006 – 2010, winning several awards for his performance as ‘Bradley Manning’. Since leaving the soap, stage and screen credits include the UK tour of The Haunting, Faith at the Courtyard Theatre, and roles in Casualty and The Bill. Persephone Swales-Dawson played serial killer ‘Nico Blake’ in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks from 2014-16, and returned in 2018. She won Best Bad Girl at the Inside Soap Awards in 2016. The House on Cold Hill marks her professional stage debut.
The House on Cold Hill becomes the fourth play in his box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise following the huge sell out success of Not Dead Enough, The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple on stage. Nearly half a million fans have now seen his work on stage in 30 cities across the UK and Ireland, with stars including Claire Goose, Shane Richie, Jessie Wallace, Tina Hobley, Les Dennis, Jamie Lomas, Laura Whitmore, Robert Daws, and Dawn Steele.
Theatre Royal Brighton 4-9 March
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