Opened 14 June 2007
Written: by Patrick Hamilton
Directed: Peter Gill
Produced: Old Vic
Cast: Kenneth Cranham (Detective Rough), Rosamund Pike (Bella), Andrew Woodall, Rowena Cooper (Elizabeth)
Synopsis: Story of a young woman psychologically dominated by her husband. While Jack Manningham is out on the town each evening, his wife, Bella , stays at home alone, believing she’s losing her mind: she can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslights. However, questions about Jack’s behaviour and true identity are aroused following the unexpected arrival of Detective Rough.
What the critics had to say.....
FIONA MOUNTFORD for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Creaky old thriller...suspense-free production." MICHAEL BILLNGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Fine production...Gaslight is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a classic. But Gill's production, nicely designed by Hayden Griffin, brings out its old-fashioned virtues and proves it is more than schlock." CHARLES SPENCER for DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "superbly gripping psychological thriller...a superbly judged production." SAM MARLOWE for THE TIMES says, "This is a black diamond of a drama; flawed, but darkly glittering."