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EastEnders star set to appear in Norwich Theatre Royal thriller

Rita Simons. Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

Rita Simons. Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

PA Archive/PA Images

Rita Simons, best known for playing Roxy in EastEnders, will return to the Theatre Royal stage in 2019.

The House on Cold Hill - Rita Simons and Joe McFadden Credit: Helen MaybanksThe House on Cold Hill - Rita Simons and Joe McFadden Credit: Helen Maybanks

The actress will star in Peter James’ The House on Cold Hill from March 11 to 16 alongside BAFTA-nominated actor Joe McFadden who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2017.

Rita is no stranger to Norwich Theatre Royal as she recently performed as Paulette Bonafonte in the UK and Ireland tour of Legally Blonde.

The new play is based on the best-selling 2015 novel and tells the story of a family moving into a new dream home in the Sussex countryside only to discover the property is the stuff of nightmares.

Rita will play Caro Harcourt, the wife of Ollie Harcourt who is played by Joe McFadden whose credits include The Crow Road, Heartbeat and Holby City.

The cast also includes actor Charlie Clements, Bradley in EastEnders, as Chris and Persephone Swales-Dawson, villain Nico Blake in Hollyoaks, as Jade, making her professional stage debut.

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.

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“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.”

Rita joined the EastEnders cast in 2007 as Roxy Mitchell with her sister Ronnie, played by Samantha Womack, as the pair moved from Ibiza to Walford to open a club.

Roxy was known for her party lifestyle and storylines included her marriages to Sean Slater and Alfie Moon, becoming a drugs mule and having a child with her sister’s husband Jack Branning.

Rita left the show on New Year’s Day in 2017 when her character drowned in a hotel pool with her sister.

The House on Cold Hill is the fourth play in Peter James’ critically-acclaimed stage franchise following the sell-out successes of Not Dead Enough, and The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple which both entertained Norwich audiences on stage.

Tickets cost from £10 to £31 and can be purchased online or by phone on 01603 630000.

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