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 at Hampstead Theatre, Mike Leigh was putting the finishing touches to Abigail's Party, his 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 Susan. As the alcohol flows and the 'nibbles' are handed around, Mike Leigh's ruthless, achingly funny examination of suburban life begins to bite…
Abigail's Party was first produced at Hampstead Theatre in 1977, with the role of Beverly immortalized by Alison Steadman. A record 16 million people watched its broadcast as Play for Today, underlining its status as a true modern classic and national treasure.
This 30th anniversary production of Mike Leigh's classic 1970s drama originally opened at Perth Theatre in September 2007, before commencing a 12-week National Tour. Now with four new cast members, Abigail's Party returns from 6 sell-out weeks in Ireland to tour the UK until 7 June.
London Classic Theatre is one of the most prolific and thriving touring companies on the UK theatre scene, having established a reputation for producing entertaining, accessible drama of the highest quality.
Contains strong language.
Cast: Steve Dineen, Anna Kirke, Jamie Matthewman, Alice Selwyn, Amy Starling. Directed by Michael Cabot, designed by Geraldine Bunzl. Lighting by Peter Foster, costume Design by Katja Krzesinska. www.londonclassictheatre.co.uk
Abigail's Party – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon 11 & 12 April 2008
Ticket Office: 01793 524481 www.wyverntheatre.org.uk