4 Sep — 19 Sep 2020
Dunstan Playhouse

State Theatre Company South Australia presents

By Patrick Hamilton

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You're driving me crazy

“Gaslight (verb): A form of psychological manipulation where a person seeks to make a targeted individual or group question their own memory, perception and sanity.”

Bella Manningham is on edge. She’s hearing footsteps in the night, pictures are moving by themselves and the gaslights in the drawing room dim without even a touch. Her husband is constantly disappearing. He tells her she may be mad and she starts to believe him… As her grip on reality begins to slip, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery most foul.

A mind-bending Victorian thriller, Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight is the stuff of legend. Written in 1938 and spawning the 1944 film starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, director Catherine Fitzgerald brings this classic creepshow storming into 2020 in a production that sees it become more vital than ever.

Who could have ever forseen that the title of a crime thriller from the 1930s would become a buzzword in our conversations about gender politics and our relationships today? I can’t wait to see how Catherine flips this classic psychodrama on its head with a new twist that still honours the play’s original power and shock. Mitchell


Gaslight is a captivating, relevant return to a classic thriller” Revue

“Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 psychological thriller, Gaslight, is the stuff of suspense dramas.” Canberra Times

“Hamilton’s psychologically compelling play” The Stage

  • Venue Access

    Gaslight is being held at the Dunstan Playhouse.

    The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.

    Getting to the Venue

    Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

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    For information about parking near the Adelaide Festival Centre, please click here.

  • Tangent

    Join our esteemed panel on Monday 17 August for our Gaslight Tangent event.

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    Subscriber Briefing

    2020 Subscribers are invited to join us for exclusive Subscriber Briefings to learn more about the creation of the show.

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    Matinee Club

    After selected matinee performances throughout the year, stay for our Matinee Club to hear the artists involved with the show. There is no additional cost, just stay in your seats after the performance.

    The Matinee Club performance for this show is on Wednesday 16 September, 11am.

    Post Show Q&As

    We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production. A Q&A will be held for this show on Monday 14 September, 6:30pm.


Catherine Fitzgerald

Set & Costume Designer

Ailsa Paterson

Lighting Designer

Nic Mollison

Sound Designer

Andrew Howard


Eileen Darley
Ellen Freeman
Ksenja Logos
Nathan O'Keefe
Katherine Sortini

Dates & Times

      • P
      • P
      • P
      • ON
      • AS
      • AD
      • AD
      • QA
      • C
      • K
      • C
Auslan Interpreted
Opening Night
Audio Described
Keith's Matinee Club
Post-show Q&A