THE thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to Manchester’s Opera House on Monday 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 BAFTA nominated actor and winner of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing 2017, Joe McFadden as Ollie Harcourt.

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 as Chris and Persephone Swales-Dawson 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 their dreams, which has been empty for the last forty years. However, their dream home quickly turns into the stuff of nightmares as 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 the audience's spine and make them think twice about returning home to a dark, empty house after the show!

Rita said:"I am really thrilled to be starring in the House on Cold Hill alongside such great actors as Joe, Charlie, Persephone and the rest 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 added: "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!"

The House on Cold Hill becomes the fourth play in Peter James’ box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise following the huge 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.

The House on Cold Hill plays at the Opera House, Manchester from May 13 to May 18 and tickets are already on sale.

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