The thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to theatres The House on Cold Hill – a spine-chilling drama 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 (The Crow Road, Heartbeat, Holby City) 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) making her professional stage debut as Jade.

In this ghostly mystery, the Harcourt family - Ollie, Caro and daughter Jade – move into the house of their dreams, which has been empty for the last 40 years. However, it quickly turns into the house 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 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.”

“It’s a real honour to be entrusted with the character of Ollie and the words of skilled wordsmith Peter James," added Joe McFadden. "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 will reunite Peter James with two time Olivier-nominated theatre producer Joshua Andrews, the Olivier award winning director Ian Talbot and award-winning writer Shaun McKenna.

Peter James - author of the award-winning Det Supt Roy Grace series - has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ (Daily Mail).

The House on Cold Hill will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Monday, February 18 to Saturday, February 23. To book, call the box office on 01684 892277 or visit