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Angel Street (Gaslight) - Full Length Play, Drama

Angel Street (Gaslight)

Patrick Hamilton

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 3f, 2m or f

ISBN: 9780573605352

Angel Streettells the story of the Manninghams, who live on Angel Street in 19th century London. As the curtain rises, all appears to be the essence of Victorian tranquility.

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Full Length Play


Mystery/Thriller, Period

Time Period - Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play -

A house on Angel Street located in the Pimlico district of London. 1880.


Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

Period Costumes


From Broadway

A Broadway hit first produced on the West End under the title Gaslight and filmed twice, Angel Street tells the story of the Manninghams, who live on Angel Street in 19th century London. As the curtain rises, all appears to be the essence of Victorian tranquility. It is soon apparent, however, that Mr. Manningham, a suavely handsome man, is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife, Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness that masks more sinister motives. While he is out, Mrs. Manningham has an unexpected caller: amiable, paternal Inspector Rough from Scotland Yard. Rough is convinced that Mr. Manningham is a homicidal maniac wanted for a murder committed fifteen years earlier in this very house. Gradually, the inspector restores Bella’s confidence in herself and, as the evidence against Manningham unfolds, the author has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre.
“The critics call it the biggest dramatic hit in New York.” - New York Mirror

“I have just seen the theatre really come alive for the first time this season. One of the most satisfying theatre adventures of the last decade.” - New York News

“There is a particular reason for welcoming with open arms the excellent new melodrama […] It really can keep you anchored to your seat bolt upright – a work that is everything one could hope for.” - New York Herald Tribune
Angel Street first appeared at the John Golden Theatre in New York.


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MR. MANNINGHAM - tall and good-looking, about 45. He is heavily moustached and bearded and perhaps a little too well dressed. His manner is suave and authoritative, with a touch of mystery and bitterness.
MRS. MANNINGHAM - about 34. She has been good-looking, almost a beauty - but now she has a haggard, wan, frightened air, with rings under her eyes, which tell of sleepless nights and worse.
ELIZABETH - a stout, amiable, subservient woman of 50.
NANCY - a self-conscious, pretty, cheeky girl of 19.
ROUGH - middle-aged - greying, short, wiry, active, brusque, friendly, overbearing. He has a low, warm chuckle and completely dominates the scene from the beginning.
Patrick Hamilton

Patrick Hamilton

Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962) Patrick Hamilton was born in Hassocks, Sussex in 1904. He and his parents moved a short while later to Hove, where he spent his early years. He published his first novel, CRAVEN HOUSE, in 1926 and within a few years had established a wide readership for himself. Despite personal setbacks and an increasing problem with drink, he was still able to write some of his ... view full profile

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Al Yarcho 7/7/2014 2:22 PM
A splendid example of why the classics are classic. Riveting, tension-filled, twists, turns - all the things that make for a great thriller.  
Michael Myles 4/7/2014 1:34 PM
I played Mr. Manningham in college, I lost my old script so I wanted to re-live some of those great scenes.  I love this play, thanks to you I can keep on loving it.
Kevin Vandehey 11/23/2013 12:04 PM

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