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.

Angela Giddings


Jack Manningham

Bella Manningham

Sergeant Rough





Maxson Bailey

Angela Watson

Tony Giddings

Sandie Brooks

Naomi Havergal

David Seaman

Simon Giddings

Bella Manningham (Angela Watson) is being driven mad by husband Jack (Maxson Bailey) – photo by Tim Knott
Jack Manningham (Maxson Bailey) and wife Bella (Angela Watson) – photo by Tim Knott
Bella Manningham (Angela Watson) gets an offer of help from Sergeant Rough (Tony Giddings) – photo by Tim Knott
The Cast
Back Row: Constable(David Seaman), Jack Manningham(Maxson Bailey), Sergeant Rough(Tony Giddings), Constable(Simon Giddings)
Front Row: Elizabeth(Sandie Brooks), Bella Manningham(Angela Watson), Nancy(Naomi Havergal) – photo by Tim Knott
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