Gaslight

4 Sep — 19 Sep 2020
Her Majesty's Theatre

State Theatre Company South Australia presents

By Patrick Hamilton

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

Relocation to Her Majesty's Theatre

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.

Ticket Holders

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. Tickets will be issued to all patrons by 6 August 2020.

Should you have concerns about your tickets, please contact BASS on 131 246. Full ticketing terms and conditions can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, as an existing Gaslight ticket holder, you will be automatically re-seated in Her Majesty’s Theatre with comparable seats allocated where possible. Patrons will be seated comfortably with one spaced seat between each person in a row.

  • Tickets will be issued to all existing ticket holders by 6 August 2020. If you have any further questions about your ticket, please contact BASS on 131 246.

  • Yes, additional seats in the new venue can be purchased via the normal channels.

  • Her Majesty’s Theatre has a larger capacity than the Dunstan Playhouse, which allows us to adhere to State Government social distancing requirements.

    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

    It is important to note that the plans may change, as we respond to the advice from regulatory authorities and will act following government recommendations. The health and safety of our audiences and employees are of the utmost importance.

  • Existing Gaslight ticket holders will be automatically re-seated in Her Majesty’s Theatre according to social distancing guidelines, with comparable seats allocated where possible.

    For audiences looking to purchase tickets, you can view and purchase available seating for each performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre here.

    Her Majesty’s Theatre has been recently renovated, with audiences spread across three levels. It is truly a world-class theatre, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology, and the widest proscenium arch of any commercial theatre in Australia. The building has also been designed to allow for greater patron experience and every seat in the house is excellent.

  • Yes we will still be offering Access performances for Gaslight.

    Our AUSLAN performance, (where an interpreter will stand to the side of the stage and translate the dialogue live), will be on Saturday 12 September, 2pm – book tickets here.

    The Gaslight Audio Described Performance and Pre-Show Briefing will be held on Monday 14 September, 5.30pm (briefing), 6.30pm (performance with post-show Q and A) Book tickets for Audio Described here

    Unfortunately, due to the change in venue, we can no longer offer captioning for performances for Gaslight.

  • Audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre will be seated in a chequerboard layout. This allows all audience members to maintain the required distance from each other. This seating arrangement will apply to all patrons, regardless of their relationship.

    Please see the image below for an illustration of the chequerboard layout:
    Socially distanced seating img

  • Seating is allocated to accommodate adequate spacing in each row. For that reason, you must sit in the seat assigned to you on your ticket and will not be permitted to sit in the seat next to another patron, even if they are your friend or family. Patrons will not be permitted to move or change seats during a performance, as this may affect other audience members in the rows behind and in front.

    Please see the image below for an illustration of the chequerboard layout:
    Socially distanced seating img

  • The decision to return to the theatre 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.

    Adelaide Festival Centre will monitor adjustments to restrictions, and patrons will be notified of any changes. Up to date information will be available here.

  • Current venue safety and sanitisation can be found on the Adelaide Festival Centre website.

  • There are several actions patrons can take to ensure a safe visit to the theatre:

    • Maintain 1.5m physical distance between yourself and others
    • Follow signage, sit in your designated seat and follow the advice of staff
    • Wash your hands and use sanitiser regularly
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow and dispose of tissues responsibly 
    • Stay home if you feel unwell
    • Download and use the COVIDSafe app
  • If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you do not attend the theatre. Please contact BASS on 131 246 and you will be advised on ticketing options.

    We recommend keeping up-to-date and following advice from the Australian Government Department of Health, particularly regarding isolation protocol.

  • The advice from SA Health at Stage 3 states that entertainment venues like cinemas or theatres are no longer required to keep a contact tracing record. We encourage visitors to download the COVIDSafe app to assist with rapid tracing.

  • As a member of Live Performance Australia (LPA), the national peak body for the live performance industry, we are also following advice regarding ticketing provided to all member organisations.
    All refund and exchange requests must be made by contacting BASS on 131 246.
    For ticketholders to Gaslight where the ticket was purchased prior to July 16 2020
    Refund or exchange requests are permitted under the following conditions:
    – You have recently become unwell and you are choosing to isolate as per public health guidelines.
    – You (or someone in your attending group) are from interstate or overseas and is unable to attend due to border closures.
    – You (or someone in your attending group) are in a high-risk category for COVID-19 or are caring for/living with a person who is in a high-risk category for COVID-19.
    – You are experiencing financial hardship due to loss of income as a result of COVID-19.

    For ticket holders of Gaslight where the ticket was purchased after July 16 2020
    Refund or exchange requests are permitted under the following conditions:
    – You have recently become unwell and you are choosing to isolate as per public health guidelines.
    – You or a person you live with has recently become a high-risk category for COVID-19 and you now wish not to attend.
    – Refunds and exchanges must be complete no later than midday on the day of the performance.

    If you become unwell on the day of the performance, please contact BASS on ph 131 246 before 12pm.

    Please see our full ticketing terms and conditions here.

  • If you are unwell or asked to isolate, you will be entitled to a refund. Refunds will not be offered if you are unable to attend due to other commitments or have changed of mind.

    Refund and exchange requests must be made by contacting BASS on ph 131 246. Please have your booking reference number ready.

    If you become unwell on the day of the performance, please contact BASS on ph 131 246 before 12pm.

    Please see our full ticketing terms and conditions here.

  • Tangent

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

    >> Click here for full details

    Subscriber Briefing

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

     

    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.

Director

Catherine Fitzgerald

Set & Costume Designer

Ailsa Paterson

Lighting Designer

Nic Mollison

Sound Designer

Andrew Howard

With

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

Dates & Times

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