Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden to star in spooky new play at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

Joe McFadden and his Strictly dance partner Katya Jones, in 2017
Joe McFadden and his Strictly dance partner Katya Jones, in 2017

LAST year’s Strictly Come Dancing winner and former star of the hit dramas Holby City and Heartbeat, Joe McFadden is to take the lead in a new production called The House on Cold Hill.

The play is adapted from the 2015 novel by multi-million selling author Peter James, based on the author’s own real-life experience in a haunted house.

Rita Simons

Rita Simons

It will be at The Kings Theatre in Albert Road, Southsea from February 25 to March 2 next year.

Bafta-nominated Joe  will star as Ollie Harcourt, husband to Caro and father to Jade, whose new dream home quickly turns into the stuff of nightmares, as they begin to sense that they aren’t the only residents at Cold Hill…

Joe is joined on stage by Rita Simons, best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders, and who is currently appearing in the jungle alongside ex-Pompey manager Harry Redknapp on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

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Joe said: ‘I am so pleased to be on board for the new Peter James stage play. Peter’s had such incredible success as a novelist around the world and it’s been great to see how well his books have translated to the stage. The three previous plays have been huge hits with audiences around the country, so I am excited to have the opportunity to now bring his brilliant ghostly thriller to the stage for the very first time. I am looking forward to us shocking and thrilling audiences around the UK with The House On Cold Hill.’

Peter added: ‘Joe is a brilliant and highly acclaimed actor who has graced our TV screens for many years and I could not have asked for a better leading man for the next Peter James stage outing.

‘I know that audiences around the country will be thrilled to see him back on stage and hopefully equally pleased to see the return of my work to theatres after the sell out runs of the first three plays. I am humbled by the incredible success of the plays and can’t wait to see audiences enjoying The House On Cold Hill.’

Adult tickets are from £25 to £31. Go to kingsportsmouth.co.uk.