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Abigail's Party

by Mike Leigh


London Classic Theatre present
Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh

Directed by Michael Cabot

It was 1977, the year of skin-tight polyester, the Queen's Silver Jubilee and Saturday Night Fever. The Sex Pistols were storming up the charts, skateboarding was the latest craze and Angela Rippon danced with Morecambe & Wise.

And at Hampstead Theatre in London, Mike Leigh and his cast were putting the finishing touches to Abigail's Party, ferocious black comedy and landmark of twentieth century theatre.

In her suburban living room, Beverly prepares for the arrival of her guests. She and husband Laurence will play host to neighbours Angela, Tony and Sue. As the alcohol flows and the 'nibbles' are handed around, Mike Leigh's ruthless, achingly funny examination of 1970s British life begins...

Abigail's Party was premièred at the Hampstead Theatre in 1977, with the role of Beverly being immortalised by Alison Steadman. A record sixteen million people watched its broadcast as Play for Today, underlining its status as a true modern classic and national treasure.

"It’s a triumph"

Winchester Today

"Dark, funny and a joy to watch. I wanted to get up and join the party. This is a must see."

In Common

"You could cut the tension at times with a knife as the alcohol loosens their inhibitions and simmering tempers explode."

Elaine Chapman,

"...this quintet of players work perfectly together, rightly rewarded on opening night by full-on cheers and applause... If you haven’t seen it, then I strongly recommend it."

Winchester Today