One of the greatest thrillers of all time Gaslight returns to UK theatres starring Kara Tointon the celebrated stage and television actress.
Tointon plays Bella Manningham, memorably portrayed by Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman in the classic 1944 film adaptation.
Rupert Young of BBC 1’s Merlin joins Kara as husband Jack Manningham and the multi-talented Keith Allen is cast in the role of Detective Rough.
While Jack Manningham is on the town each evening his wife Bella is home alone.
She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslight – is she losing her mind? Does the terror exist in her imagination or are dark secrets living in her home? The surprise arrival of retired Detective Rough leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core.
A highly suspenseful play, Gaslight is written by one of the 20th Century’s most renowned British writers, Patrick Hamilton whose works also include the chilling Rope (1929) successfully adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock.
In the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie or Priestley, Gaslight is a genre-defining, all-round elegant masterpiece.
Leading lady Tointon has received universal critical acclaim for her West End stage roles including Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.
Further stage credits include the West End revivals of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and Relatively Speaking.
Young is best known for portraying Sir Leon in the BBC drama series Merlin. His previous television work includes episodes of Doc Martin, Foyle’s War, Hotel Babylon, The White Queen, Doctor Who and numerous others.
He notably starred in the film Dirty Filthy Love, a 2004 Television Film alongside Michael Sheen. He also performed in Cole Porter’s classic feel-good musical, High Society at the Old Vic to high acclaim. He has most recently performed in While The Sun Shines, for Bath Theatre Royal.
A tense and hugely satisfying evening of great British theatre, this new production of Gaslight is one not to be missed.
Gaslight, Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ, March 6-11, Richmond Theatre Tickets: from £18.50. Call 0844 871 7651 or visit atgtickets.com/Richmond