Overview

Synopsis

Riotously funny and disturbingly compelling, Mike Leigh's iconic piece of theatre is every bit as cutting as it ever was.
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Reviews

A night of continuous guilty pleasure.

The Telegraph
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Synopsis

You’re invited to the suburban drinks party from hell. Desperate-to impress Beverly and her staid real estate agent husband Laurence are the hosts. The guests are their neighbours – eager-to-please nurse Angela with her bully-boy husband Tony, and divorcee Susan who’s steering clear of her daughter Abigail’s own party down the road. Over cheese and pineapple sticks, Demis Roussos records and copious amounts of alcohol, we witness one disastrous evening of social awkwardness, outrageous flirting, cringeworthy one-upmanship and hilarious put-downs.

UK doyen of stage and screen writing, Mike Leigh, wrote his most famous play Abigail’s Party 40 years ago, but this undisputed classic has lost none of its acerbic wit and biting satire. In fact, in this age of bold aspiration and excessive consumption, it gains new relevance. Riotously funny and disturbingly compelling, Abigail’s Party is an iconic piece of theatre, every bit as cutting as it ever was.

Step across the shagpile, down a gin and tonic and settle in for a devastating portrait of middleclass life in the British ’burbs starring Eryn Jean Norvill (All My Sons), directed by Stephen Nicolazzo (Dangerous Liaisons, The Moors).


Director Stephen Nicolazzo and actor Katherine Tonkin discuss reviving Mike Leigh’s iconic work.

Cast & Crew

Zoe Boesen

Zoe Boesen

Angela

Daniel Frederiksen

Daniel Frederiksen

Laurence

Eryn Jean Norvill

Eryn Jean Norvill

Beverly

Benjamin Rigby

Benjamin Rigby

Tony

Katherine Tonkin

Katherine Tonkin

Susan

Stephen Nicolazzo

Stephen Nicolazzo

Director

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Anna Cordingley

Set Designer

Eugyeene Teh

Eugyeene Teh

Costume Designer

Katie Sfetkidis

Katie Sfetkidis

Lighting Designer

Daniel Nixon

Daniel Nixon

Composer & Sound Designer

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Geraldine Cook-Dafner

Voice & Dialect Coach

News & Reviews

Reviews

A night of continuous guilty pleasure.

The Telegraph

A classic of excruciatingly comic social embarrassment.

The Independent

Brilliant, awful, vintage Leigh – a party to gatecrash.

The Guardian

An evening of escapism to the past which is every bit as dramatic, funny and relevant now as ever.

Huffington Post

Stephen Nicolazzo’s flair for retro makes Mike Leigh’s acerbic 1970s satire perfect for his mainstage directorial debut.

The Age

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