She’s played Dawn Swann, the scheming EastEnders barmaid, wowed Strictly voters and is now starring in ITV’s historic drama The Halcyon.
But none of these performances is anything like the one Kara Tointon brings to York next week – as Brenda Manningham, the oppressed wife of a devious, amoral husband Jack.
The play, written in 1938 and set in 1880, is considered one of the greatest theatrical thrillers, and was made into a film in which Ingrid Bergman played Bella.
It is a three-parter. While Jack (Rupert Young) is on the town each evening his wife Bella is home alone. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslight – is she losing her mind?
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