"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Little Theatre, Sheringham
Hamilton died in Sheringham, an unhappy alcoholic. His most recent
success was his novel Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, in a
2005 adaptation for the BBC.
he is best remembered for his enduringly popular psychological
thriller Gas Light, and it was this piece that was revived this
season at Sheringham, one of the few seaside reps to have survived
into the 21st century.
Linthwaite's production was impressively atmospheric, greatly helped
by Matt Nunn's oppressive Victorian parlour.
Hartley was a chillingly menacing Massingham, the killer with a heart
of stone who tries to humiliate his wife into the mad-house. I
admired his quiet stillness, his suppressed fury as he finds his
private desk ransacked, and his caged-animal pacing as the spirit of
justice finally corners him. I was less convinced by his sotto voce
Gus Elen song as he returned from a night on the town.
mysterious Inspector Rough - “is this a dream, too ?” - was
played as a cheery Dickensian figure in a saucy shirt by Andrew
fragile, frightened Bella was Keely Beresford – tense, tearful and
finally, hysterically triumphant. Her fear of madness was palpable,
and I was impressed by the incredulous joy with which she read the
long-lost letter from her cousin.
“dark household” was completed by the loyal Elizabeth [Madeleine
Brolly] and the flighty, spiteful Nancy [Sarah Langton].
Sheringham season continues with Perfect Wedding, Absent Friends and