By Patrick Hamilton
Directed by Karen Tropiano
March 31st, April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8pm
Tickets Full $21, Conc $18, Child $15
Phone 0499 954 016 Mon-Fri 9am till noon.
The play is set in fog-bound London in 1880 at the lower middle class home of Jack Manningham and his wife Bella. It is late afternoon, a time which Hamilton notes as being the time “before the feeble dawn of gaslight and tea”.
At the opening of the drama Bella is clearly on edge, and the stern reproaches from her overbearing husband (who flirts with the servants) makes matters worse…
Gas Light (known in the US as Angel Street) is a 1938 play by the British dramatist Patrick Hamilton. The play (and its film adaptations) gave rise to the term gaslighting with the meaning “a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making him/her doubt his/her own memory and perception”.
The play, titled Gas Light, premiered in London in December 1938 and ran for six months. It premiered on the West End at the Apollo Theatre.
Angel Street (US title) premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on 5 December 1941, transferred to the Bijou Theatre on 2 October 1944, and closed on 30 December 1944 after 1295 performances. Directed by Shepard Traube, the cast featured Leo G. Carroll (Rough), Florence Edney (Elizabeth), Elizabeth Eustis (Nancy), Judith Evelyn (Mrs. Manningham) and Vincent Price (Mr. Manningham).
The play Gas Light was adapted for film twice:
- The 1940 British film Gaslight, directed by Thorold Dickinson.
- The 1944 American film of the same name, directed by George Cukor.
When the British film version was released in America, it played as Angel Street, the New York title for the original British play, to avoid confusion with the American film.