A fiendish husband, a terrified wife and a foggy night in London. Matthews Opera House is debuting a classic tale of terror with a deceptively sweet name.
“Angel Street” takes audiences back to London in 1880, to the lower middle-class home of Jack and Bella Manningham. As the story begins, nervous Bella is on edge and Jack is sternly scolding her. What upsets Bella most, though, are Jack’s unexplained disappearances from the house. He refuses to tell her where he’s going, which heightens her anxiety.
Strange noises and incidents further strain Bella’s nerves. As the drama builds, it becomes clear that suave, handsome Jack is intent on convincing gentle Bella that she is going insane. He even assures her she is “imagining” the gas light in the house is dimming.
A police detective named Rough arrives at the house while Jack is out. Rough helps Bella realize her own husband is manipulating her and tormenting her — ultimately empowering Bella to take revenge. Rough is convinced Jack is a homicidal maniac wanted for a murder committed years earlier. As the evidence unfolds, the story keeps audiences spellbound with some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theater.
Tony Diem and Deb Brunette star as Jack and Bella Manningham, while Dwight Myers plays Inspector Rough. Sandi Nauman as Elizabeth and Lauren Fuhr as Nancy round out the cast.
“Angel Street” is an entertaining psychological drama that will leave you wondering who is really the crazy one. We have a wonderfully talented cast ready to impress the audience with this classic Victorian thriller,” said Julie Walkins, director of “Angel Street.” “It is a perfect fit for this Halloween time of the year.”
This eerie tale by Patrick Hamilton first debuted in the 1930s. Hamilton’s play inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s Academy Award-winning film “Gaslight.” This story also gave rise to the term “gaslighting,” which refers to “a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making him/her doubt his/her own memory and perception.”
The suspense-filled “Angel Street” is a satisfying Halloween treat for anyone who loves dramatic intrigue. “The husband is slowly driving her crazy, and you (the audience) get a little angry,” said Jayne Rose, Matthews Opera House marketing manager. “There’s mystery behind the husband who’s doing this, and Rough is kind-hearted and a bit of comic relief. He knows something is up.”