A new U.K. production of Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 thriller Gaslight, reset in a women’s safe house, will premiere this October at the Watford Palace under the direction of Richard Beecham.
Beecham’s production transplants the action from Victorian London to a 21st-century safe house in which a group of women, fleeing domestic abuse, re-enact Hamilton's play. As the drama unfolds, the women's own experiences and emotions surface to cathartic effect.
“With the rise of the #MeToo movement, a spotlight has been shone like never before on toxic masculinity and the abuse suffered by women at the hands of men,” Beecham said. “So it seems to me absolutely the right time to revisit the original gaslighting drama 80 years on and to view it through a contemporary feminist lens. In our production out go the gas lamps, bonnets and bodices and in comes an ensemble of diverse women actors who will reclaim this story for 2019.”
Previews will begin October 2 ahead of an October 7 opening night. Performances are scheduled through October 26.