Martin Shaw and James Wilby will star in a new production of Patrick Hamilton’s psychological thriller Gaslight.
Inspector George Gently and Judge John Deed actor Martin Shaw will play the role of retired ‘Detective Rough’ in Bill Kenwright’s production which will tour the UK prior to a West End season this Winter.
Shaw was recently on stage opposite Maureen Lipman in the West End premiere of Gore Vidal’s Tony nominated play The Best Man at The Playhouse Theatre. His numerous stage credits include Twelve Angry Men (Garrick Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Phoenix Theatre), A Man for All Seasons (Theatre Royal, Haymarket) and The Country Girl (Apollo Theatre).
James Wilby, best known for the lead role in the classic Merchant & Ivory film Maurice and more recently as Lord Falmouth in the BBC series Poldark will play ‘Jack Manningham’ with Charlotte Emmerson Love, Lies and Records (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC) and Law & Order (BBC) playing his wife ‘Bella’.
The cast is completed by Mary Chater of Kinsey (BBC), Wycliffe (ITV) and Footballers’ Wives (ITV) and Georgia Clarke-Day who starred in Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros. Pictures).
First staged in 1938 and then adapted as a film in 1944 starring Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton and Charles Boyer, Gaslight is one of the greatest-ever thrillers. Such was the play’s ground-breaking cultural and impact that it popularised ‘gaslighting’ as a term for psychological abuse.
The piece is directed by the Olivier Award-nominated Lucy Bailey and designed by Olivier Award winner William Dudley.
Gaslight will open at the Theatre Royal Windsor on 18 September 2019, followed by dates in Birmingham, Guildford, Bath and Peterborough. It will then transfer to the West End with full dates and venue to be confirmed.