Ambler’s Act II Playhouse to premiere ‘Gaslight’ on September 29

Act II Playhouse’s latest production, the classic thriller “Gaslight” by Patrick Hamilton, will open on Friday, September 29 and run through Sunday, October 22.

Previews for the production begin September 26.

About the show:

Presented just in time for Halloween, “Gaslight” is set in Victorian London and follows newlywed, Bella Manningham. Strange things have started happening to her after she moves into her new home with her husband. She hears strange noises and finds herself accused of things that she cannot remember. By night, the gas lamps in the home begin to dim for no reason. Is Mrs. Manningham going insane or does her new house on Angel Street harbor some dark, deadly secret?

Premiering in 1938 under the title “Angel Street,” the play has become a beloved classic; restaged and reinterpreted through the decades. The play was adapted into the 1944 Academy Award-winning film starring Ingrid Bergman, and featuring a young Angela Lansbury.

“‘Gaslight’ has an incredible legacy,” says Act II Playhouse Artistic Director Tony Braithwaite. “It is exciting to bring the classic thriller to the Playhouse. I think audiences will be surprised by how prescient the play was and how relevant it continues to be today. Presented in our unique space, this will be a production of the classic thriller like you have never seen before.”

Headlining the cast of the Act II production is Jessica Dalcanton as Bella Manningham. Dalcanton returns to the Playhouse having appeared in their sold-out regional premiere of “Boeing Boeing” in 2009. Prolific television actor Curtis Mark Williams makes his Act II debut in the role of Jack Manningham, Bella’s mysterious new husband. The cast is rounded out by Penelope Reed returning to Act II after appearances in “Eleanor,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Boca;” and Laura Mancano making her Playhouse debut.