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    Lindsay Posner's perceptive revival of this 1977 landmark.
    The Guardian
    Lindsay Posner's vibrant, splendidly cast revival of Abigail's Party.
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Abigail's Party tickets

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.

Performance dates: 15 May 2012 - 01 Sep 2012

Running time: 2 hours

Age recommendation: TBC

Special notice: 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.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: Excellent views are on offer throughout Wyndham’s Theatre, with many bargain seats to be found. Sit in the Stalls for the most immersive view, or in the higher tiers for absolutely clear views for discounted prices!

Latest audience reviews

markeastaugh Top 10 reviewer06 Mar 2017

Good show.

benfalk 11 Oct 2016
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