Angel Street – A Victorian Thriller


February 17-18, 23-25 & March 2-4, 1978


Community Players Theatre


A Broadway hit, “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 which masks more sinsister motives. While he is out, Mrs. Manningham has an unexpected caller: amiable, paternal Inspector Rough from Scotland Yard. Rough is convinced that 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 in some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences of modern theatre.

Author: Patrick Hamilton

Historian’s Corner

Opening the second half of the 1977-1978 season was the Victorian thriller “Angel Street.” Longtime area printer Bernie Gummerman set the cover of the program by hand using 100 year old type. The reviewer spoke of the beauty and quality of the set and the use of faux gas lights. Sadly, the headline for the review was “‘Angel Street’ production—unsuccessful.” The reviewer spoke of the long and tedious dialogue that the cast did not seem equipped to handle and that a couple of the actors seemed to get lost in their long pieces of dialogue and appeared to be mixed up at times, but he hoped, as the show progresses, that it would get smoother, faster and become the thriller that the audience should expect.