Players perform psychological thriller

The Marlowe Players are turning to playwright Patrick Hamilton for the third time in just over seven years, to present Gaslight, probably his most famous work. 

The Darley Abbey-based group last performed a Hamilton play in 2015 when they were one of the first amateur groups in the country to produce The Governess after it had been adapted by actor Roy Marsden. Before that they staged the spooky and suspenseful Rope in 2012.

Gaslight, which spawned the term “gaslighting”, is a psychological thriller, described when it was first produced in 1938 as “a study in sustained terror”.

Michelle Jeffery plays Bella Manningham, a woman who thinks she is going mad when she sees the lights dim and hears footsteps upstairs even though there is no one else in her house.

David Hawley is Rough, the retired detective who tries to make sense of the strange goings-on.

Gaslight will be performed at Darley Abbey Village Hall from Tuesday until Saturday, March 24-28. 

Tickets, which cost £8, are available from 07961 607372 or