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Brighton Journal | 18th October 2019

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Peter James – Best Selling Brighton Author Goes From Strength to Strength!

Peter James – Best Selling Brighton Author Goes From Strength to Strength!
Hannah Midgley

The thrilling work of international best selling British writer of crime fiction, Peter James, returns to theatres in January 2019, with the world premiere production of the spine- tingling stage play, The House on Cold Hill.

This new smash hit stage play from the Brighton born and multi-million selling author, will head to the Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 4th March 2019 – Saturday 9th March 2019.

Author of the award winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, James’ 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.

Based on Peter’s own lived experience in a haunted house, The House on Cold Hill 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 speaking about The House on Cold Hill, 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!””

Adapted from his best selling 2015 novel, the House on Cold Hill is seen as 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!

The trailer can be seen below:

The House on Cold Hill becomes the fourth play in James’ box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise following the incredible sell-out stage 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, and he is well on the way to becoming the most successful page to stage thriller writer since Agatha Christie!

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

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!”

Ahead of his new UK tour of The House On Cold Hill, James’ new thriller, Absolute Proof, will be published in hardback on 4 October by Pan Macmillan. Also based on his own experience, Absolute Proof is inspired by an unforgettable, real-life phone call received by James nearly 30 years ago, from a mysterious but altogether credible source.

Going form strength to strength, Absolute Proof will mark a major milestone for publishing phenomenon Peter James, as his most epic and ambitious stand-alone thriller to date.

The House on Cold Hill will run at Theatre Royal Brighton from Mon 4 – Sat 9 Mar 2019 and tickets can be purchased online here, or by calling the Box office on 0844 871 7650*.

*Booking fees apply. Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge

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