Mr. Manningham – 40’s-50’s. Suave, very well-dressed, authoritative, with a touch of deception
Mrs. Manningham – about 10 years younger than Mr. Manningham. Haggard, wan, starts very frightened.
Elizabeth – servant in her 50’s. Amiable, subservient.
Nancy – in her late teens. Self-conscious, cheeky.
Rough – 40’s-50’s. Brusque, friendly, overbearing. Dominates his scenes.
Angel Street tells the story of the Manninghams, who live on Angel Street in 19th century London. At first, all appears tranquil. It is soon apparent, however, that Mr. Manningham is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife, Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness that masks more sinister motives. While he is out, Mrs. Manningham has an unexpected caller: Inspector Rough from Scotland Yard. Rough is convinced that Mr. Manningham is a homicidal maniac wanted for a previous murder. Gradually, the inspector restores Bella’s self-confidence in herself. The author has built and sustained some of the most suspenseful sequences in modern theatre.