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260 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1H9
Now showing, Closes 29 Feb 2016
A superbly gripping psychological thriller
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Patrick Hamilton's classic thriller Gaslight transfers to Toronto in 2016, following a staging in the UK. It revolves around the character of Bella Manningham, a Victorian housewife who fears that she is going slowly insane. An expertly paced shocker, that ratchets up the feverish claustrophobia as it delivers one twist after another, Gaslight is widely regarded as Hamilton's finest work. His other notable plays include Rope (later adapted for the screen by Hitchcock) and The Duke in Darkness.
It originally premiered in London in 1938, before transferring across the Atlantic under the new title of Angel Street. The Broadway production ran for three years and included horror luminary Vincent Price among its cast. The play's reputation was cemented by the 1944 Hollywood adaptation starring Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotton.
In 1880s London, Bella Manningham is beginning to doubt her own sanity. Her husband Jack laments her lapses of memory and flights of fancy, and tells her time and again that the eerie nightly dimming of the gaslight above her head is a delusion. But are Jack's unexplained disappearances from the house all in her mind as well? The arrival at the house of a retired detective named Rough signals an end to Bella's psychological torment and reveals these strange goings-on for what they really are.
Opening night: 1 January 2016
Booking through until: 29 February 2016
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