Gaslight

Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton

Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th April 2007

Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

Poster by Tim Knott

 

1880: London in the fog. The gaslights cannot dispel the shadows in the home of the recently married Mr and Mrs Manningham. Why do the lights mysteriously rise and fall of their own accord? Who prowls the attic at night? Is Mrs Manningham losing her sanity, or is her life in deadly danger?

Though the play was written in 1938 and is often billed as a “Victorian thriller”, Gaslight continues to offer two hours of absorbing yet escapist entertainment. While the plot revolves around hidden jewels, the dramatic interest is in Hamilton’s study of psychological disorder and the play can be seen as a bridge between the plot-driven Victorian melodrama and the modern, more psychological thrillers of Frederick Knott and Alfred Hitchcock.

Directed
by
Angela Giddings

Cast

Jack Manningham

Bella Manningham

Sergeant Rough

Elizabeth

Nancy

Constable

Constable

Maxson Bailey

Angela Watson

Tony Giddings

Sandie Brooks

Naomi Havergal

David Seaman

Simon Giddings