State Theatre Company South Australia presents
By Patrick Hamilton
“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
Duration: Approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes (including an interval)
Please note, this performance contains: smoke haze
The performance at 2pm on Saturday 19 September will be filmed.
State Theatre Company South Australia is pleased to be returning to the theatre, following the easing of social distancing measures in South Australia. From 4 September 2020, we’ll welcome back our audience with our reimagined production of Patrick Hamilton’s classic thriller Gaslight.
To accommodate our audiences in an appropriately and comfortably distanced way, we will be relocating the production from the Dunstan Playhouse to Her Majesty’s Theatre on Grote Street, Adelaide.
The decision to relocate has been made due to the federal and state governments’ public health advice in dealing with the risk of spreading novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recent State Government release of the Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions. More information can be found at covid-19.sa.gov.au.
All audience members who currently hold tickets for Gaslight (purchased prior to 17 July 2020) will be automatically re-seated in Her Majesty’s Theatre according to social distancing guidelines, with comparable seats allocated where possible.
Should you have concerns about your tickets, please contact BASS on 131 246. Full ticketing terms and conditions can be found here.
Due to COVID-19, things will be a little different during your upcoming visit to Her Majesty’s Theatre on Grote Street. Please read the FAQ below or visit the Adelaide Festival Centre FAQ page before your visit.
Your arrival: Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the performance and have your tickets/booking confirmation ready to show security who will allow access into the theatre. There may be a queue outside, so dress appropriately and allow enough time to get to your seats. The performance will begin on time.
Once you enter the theatre, you will be directed straight into the auditorium.
What should you bring?
Hand sanitiser is available onsite but to avoid congestion and queuing, we recommend you bring your own as well. Bars and water fountains are closed so make sure you bring a bottle of water, too.
What not to bring?
To avoid close contact and touching, cloaking is available for emergencies only. Please do not bring bags larger than A3 or backpacks as they will not be admitted into the theatre.
Where are your seats?
Theatre seating restricted to a checkerboard pattern to ensure adequate spacing in each row. Please sit in the seat allocated to you on your ticket. Stickers on every other seat will advise you to leave a space. You are not permitted to sit in the seat immediately next to another patron, even if they are your friend or family. Please follow the instructions of theatre attendants.
Are the bars open?
Bars and water fountains are closed.
What happens during interval?
To avoid congestion in the foyer, we ask you to stay at your seat during interval unless you need to use the facilities. Bars and water fountains are closed.
COVID Safe behaviour:
Please note: Adelaide Festival Centre venues are cash-free.
Please check the Gaslight Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information about the reseating process and your visit.
The show program for Gaslight has gone digital. Download the program here: http://bit.ly/Gaslight-Program-2020.
Gaslight is being held at Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000.
Entry to Her Majesty’s Theatre is along Grote Street. There is no drop off area adjacent Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Getting to the Venue
Parking: Her Majesty’s Theatre does not have a car park, however there are many parking options around the Grote Street precinct, including on Pitt St, Adelaide Central Markets and Wilson Parking on Franklin Street (23 Franklin St).
Public Transport: Her Majesty’s Theatre is easily accessible by public transport. Including many buses along the major arterial road, Grote Street, the tram (stop at Victoria Square) and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of Grote Street and Victoria Square.
For more information visit adelaidemetro.com.au
Cycling: the best routes for reaching Her Majesty’s Theatre by bicycle are cycle paths along all major arterial roads, including Grote Street upon which Her Majesty’s is located. City of Adelaide bicycle parking can be found across the street, in front of the Adelaide Central Markets, simply use the traffic-light pedestrian crossing to come on in and enjoy the show!
2020 Subscribers are invited to join us for exclusive Subscriber Briefings to learn more about the creation of the show.
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.