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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Rope – Rialto Theatre

Creator: Pretty Villain Productions Ltd  Reviewer: Simon Topping Pretty Villain Productions Ltd produce a taught reworking of Patrick Hamilton's well-loved play of dark deeds and calculated murder, Rope; loosely based on an early twentieth-century true-life American crime scandal. In a fashionable 1920's Mayfair apartment two young men have just committed a murder. The body lies in a large chest in ...

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The Silence of Snow – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

A man sits despondent in a chair

Writer: Mark Farrelly Director: Linda Marlowe Reviewer: John Kennedy Hagiography, visceral, warts n’ all dissection, Mark Farrelly’s, soul-gnawing, one man biographical portrait of Patrick Hamilton as literary furnace/self-destructive drinker for England, is a study of crafted intelligence, intimate research and empathic nuance. Even so, it’s a big ask to anticipate evoking anything other than contemptible antipathy for such an adulterous, ...

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Gaslight – New Theatre, Cardiff

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks   Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A classic Victorian melodrama with psychological undertones, Gaslight was written and first produced in 1939 but has all the elements of the era in which it is set.  Not least of these is the title, which gave rise to the term ‘Gaslighting,’meaning a form of mental abuse – domestic abuse ...

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Gaslight – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen He has directed the critically-acclaimed adaptation of The Woman in Black, and now Robin Herford is thrilling audiences once more - this time with Patrick Hamilton’s 1939 Victorian mystery play Gaslight. Running at the Oldham Coliseum, this is a production that is at once dark and comedic, combining a gripping and ...

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Gaslight – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman There aren't many plays whose names have become part of the dictionary. Patrick Hamilton's psychological melodrama is one of the few, with 'gaslighting' coming to mean the mental abuse that causes someone to doubt their own sanity in the manner that Gaslight's Jack Manningham inflicts on his wife Bella. Indeed, the ...

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Gaslight – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It must be very confusing to be Mrs Manningham. Things happen that she can't explain, trinkets going missing and then reappearing in her sewing box. Her husband is losing patience with her lapses of memory. The maid laughs at her behind her back. And why do the gaslights in their home ...

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Gaslight – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: James Garrington You know you’re watching a great melodrama when you reach the final few minutes and are still not sure how it’s going to turn out – and that is what Patrick Hamilton has managed to achieve in his cleverly-written script for Gaslight. Living in a dark house lit only by gas ...

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Gaslight – New Vic Theatre,Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer : Matthew Jackson [Rating:4.5] The autumn nights are drawing in and this is certainly reflected in the New Vic’s production of Gaslight. Set in Victorian London this play is full of mystery and tension that will leave you on the edge of your seats in suspense and all that’s before the interval. Gaslight ...

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