Kara Tointon to lead major new production Gaslight
Acclaimed TV and West End Star Kara Tointon is to lead a major new production of Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight.
Rupert Young and Keith Allen have completed the casting for the Iconic Psychological Thriller directed by Anthony Banks which will open at the Birmingham New Alexandra on 6th January 2017.
One of the greatest thrillers of all time Gaslight is returning to UK theatres starring the celebrated stage and television actress Kara Tointon. Kara 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. The UK tour opens at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on January 6 2017 and heads to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Mon 23 – Sat 28 January.
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 play full of suspense, 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. And, in the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie or Priestley, Gaslight is a genre-defining, all-round elegant masterpiece.
Leading lady Kara Tointon has received universal critical acclaim for her West End stage roles including Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. Rupert Young stars as Jack Mannigham and is best known for portraying Sir Leon in the BBC drama series Merlin. Keith Allen also joins the cast as Detective Rough and Anthony Banks is directing.
A tense and hugely satisfying evening of great British theatre, this new production of Gaslight is one not to be missed.
Gaslight will be produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and Smith and Brant Theatricals.
Gaslight will start its UK tour at the Birmingham New Alexandra on 6th January 2017 before moving to The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, New Victoria Theatre Woking, Grand Opera House York, Theatre Royal Brighton, Arts Theatre Cambridge, Lyceum Theatre Sheffield and Richmond Theatre.