Watford Palace Theatre Company presents

The classic thriller reimagined

Gaslight

by Patrick Hamilton Director Richard Beecham Designer Naomi Dawson Lighting Designer Anna Watson Sound Designer Sarah Weltman Fight Director Alison De Burgh Nancy Hannah Hutch Elizabeth Sandra James-Young Jack Manningham Jasmine Jones Inspector Rough Tricia Kelly Bella Manningham Sally Tatum

A classic thriller with a modern twist. 

Patrick Hamilton’s powerful psychological drama. A young woman, Bella Manningham, becomes increasingly uncertain of her own sanity, under pressure from her handsome, charismatic husband. A stranger arrives, saying he is there to help her - but can she trust him? Will she find the strength to break free?

The play was ahead of its time (1938) in exploring coercive control - the intimate and subtle form of abuse recently highlighted in Radio 4’s The Archers. The title gave rise to the modern concept of ‘gaslighting’.

Director Richard Beecham returns to Watford Palace Theatre to bring a fresh theatrical energy to this gripping and suspenseful thriller. Hamilton’s original text is translated into a 21st century safe house, where a group of women, fleeing domestic abuse, re-enact the 1938 smash-hit play.

Richard’s production of Broken Glass by Arthur Miller at Watford Palace Theatre in 2018 was nominated for 4 Off West-End Awards, including Best Director, and had a wonderful response from audiences.

Q&A: Thu 17 Oct, 7.30pm

Captioned: Tue 22 Oct, 7.30pm

Audio Described: Sat 26 Oct, 2.30pm

With thanks to Watford Women's Centre Plus for support with rehearsals and research with the production and for the important work they do within our community. 

 

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Cast

Hannah Hutch
Hannah Hutch NANCY
Sandra James-Young
Sandra James-Young ELIZABETH
Jasmine Jones
Jasmine Jones JACK MANNINGHAM
Tricia Kelly
Tricia Kelly INSPECTOR ROUGH
Sally Tatum
Sally Tatum BELLA MANNINGHAM

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