by Patrick Hamilton
A special note on availability of this play:
The new Canadian copyright law of 2020 makes it plain that any works that had fallen into the public domain in Canada prior to the passing of Bill C-100 will NOT be grandfathered into the new term -- meaning that the play on this page is 100% legal for production in Canada!
It appears that New Zealand's copyright law makes production of this adaptation legal, as well!
However, in the U.S., it is not available until January 1, 2033!
Australia, U.K., others: please look into your country's copyright laws to determine legality of productions where you are.
Patrick Hamilton's classic thriller (Gaslight in the U.K.; Angel Street in the U.S.) started classic thrillers -- everyone else owes him a debt.
Unfortunately, in a world where most new plays don't even last 90 minutes (and don't have an intermission), Hamilton's Gaslight runs three long acts of slow-moving dialogue with little action.
This new adaptation turns a pretty staid three-act into a fast-moving two-act and keeps the action moving -- along with everything else.
Hamilton's original play is in the public domain in Canada and so this adaptation can happen!
One evening, when Jack has gone out, a stranger appears with a strange story to tell. Bella is not losing her mind -- and her husband is definitely not the man she thinks he is.
The search for missing rubies and the malevolent presence of Jack keeps the tension at a high level and the plot flowing.
When Gaslight came to Broadway, the name was changed to Angel Street to, I believe, avoid confusion with a similarly named show. A few minutes with a map of London would have shown that "Angel Street" is a one-block lane that had been occupied for two hundred years by the British General Post Office buildings. The Manninghams never lived on Angel Street. Gaslight is the play's only true name.
James Benda and Emily Richardson, June 2014
3 female/ 2 male; one interior set