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Wyndham's Theatre

Olivier Award-winning actress Jill Halfpenny stars as the infamous Beverley in Mike Leigh’s dark comedy Abigail’s Party. Directed by Lindsay Posner (Noises Off), Abigail’s Party is the notorious story of a dinner party gone wrong, as tensions build and reach an ultimate, tragic climax. Featuring a stellar cast, Posner’s revival of the classic play earned rave reviews when it opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and it now transfers to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre.

Olivier Award-winning actress Jill Halfpenny leads the cast in a brilliantly awkward revival of Mike Leigh’s acclaimed black comedy Abigail’s Party, following a sell-out season at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Directed by Lindsay Posner (Noises Off), Abigail’s Party is the hilarious story of a dinner party gone awry, transferring to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited season.

Leigh’s portrait of classic 1970’s suburbia takes place at the home of Beverley and Laurence, who decide to host a dinner party for her unsuspecting neighbours. Inviting married couple Angela and Tony, as well as divorcee Sue, over for some snacks, Beverley proceeds to flirt outrageously with an embarrassed Tony whilst sniping at her own husband. What began as a rather awkward social gathering soon transcends into a viscous evening of pretension and snobbery, revealing the rotten core of middle class England. Soon, the evening reaches a tragic climax.

Jill Halfpenny takes the leading role as the infamous Beverley, after she most recently received an Olivier Award for her 2011 role in Legally Blonde. Further credits include EastEnders, Waterloo Road and Blue Murder. A star-studded cast also includes Joe Absolom (EastEnders) as Tony, Natalie Casey (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) as Angela, Susannah Harker as Susan and Andy Nyman as Laurence.

Directed by Lindsay Posner, Abigail’s Party is the classic comedy by Mike Leigh, who also penned plays and screenplays such as Ecstasy, Grief, Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky. This production features design by Mike Britton, lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by Fergus O’Hare. A hilariously tense play that received rave reviews at the Menier, Abigail’s Party is packed full of notorious characters that will make for an entertaining evening.

Sorry this show closed 01 September 2012, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
15 May 2012 - 01 Sep 2012
Running time:
2 hours.
Age recommendation:
Audience Notes:
Fans of comedies will find this particularly entertaining, particularly those who enjoy Alan Ayckbourn. Those who know the original text will thoroughly enjoy this revival, which has been praised by critics. Abigail’s Party is not suitable for children.

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User Reviews

Performance date: 17 May 2012

Good show.

Performance date: 11 September 2016
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