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.