Peter James To Tour With 'The House On Cold Hill'
As previously announced, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to theatres in January 2019 with the world premiere production of the spine-tingling stage play The House on Cold Hill - adapted from his best-selling 2015 novel, based on the author's own lived experience in a haunted house...
This is the story of the Harcourt family, who move into the house of their dreams; an old, dilapidated Georgian mansion in the remote Sussex countryside. However, their dream home quickly turns into the stuff of nightmares as they begin to realise they aren't the only residents at Cold Hill...
Peter James said: ""The House On Cold Hill was inspired by a seriously haunted house, a few miles from Brighton, that my former wife and I lived in during the 1990s. It was a manor house on the site of a former monastery, and a Roman villa before that. When we bought it the owner said, "You'll like this with what you write - it has three ghosts!" He fibbed, it turned out there were four! My mother-in-law saw an apparition on the day we moved in, and the following day I saw weird, spectral lights in the same location. An old chap in the village told me he used to house-sit for the previous owners, until one night a woman in grey silk crinoline, with a really angry face, had materialised out a wall, glided towards him and stung his face with a flick of the edge of her dress. We had constant strange occurrences, with subsequent house and dog-sitters that we used leaving, terrified. One morning, a copy of my latest novel on display on an oak chest in this haunted room, spontaneously combusted! I can't wait to see some of these experiences come to life again on stage in The House on Cold Hill!"
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 Les Dennis, Claire Goose, Tina Hobley, Jamie Lomas, Shane Richie, Jessie Wallace, Bill Ward, and Laura Whitmore.
The House on Cold Hill will reunite Peter James with twice Olivier-nominated theatre producer Joshua Andrews, the Olivier award winning director Ian Talbot and award-winning writer Shaun McKenna. Casting to be announced.
Joshua Andrews said of James, "Since we launched The Perfect Murder back in 2013, we've been thrilled at how strong the public appetite for Peter's brilliant stories continues to be! People tell me he's on the way to becoming the most successful page to stage thriller writer since Agatha Christie, so who am I to disagree!"
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) and his brilliant international bestselling novels have been published in 37 languages and sold over 19 million copies worldwide. Earlier this year, the acclaimed author hit No. 1 again in the UK book charts for the 13th consecutive time, with his latest page-turner, Dead If You Don't.
His new thriller, Absolute Proof, will be published in hardback on 4 October by Pan Macmillan. Inspired by an unforgettable, real-life phone call received by the author nearly 30 years ago, from a mysterious but altogether credible source, Absolute Proof marks a major milestone for publishing phenomenon Peter James, as his most epic and ambitious stand-alone thriller to date.