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Prior to the West End, the 40th anniversary production of Mike Leigh’s iconic comedy Abigail’s Party comes to Oxford Playhouse from Monday 3rd-Saturday 8th April.

Abigail’s Party at Oxford Playhouse

It’s forty years since the appalling Beverly first put Donna Summer on the turntable and slow-danced her way across the shag-pile into theatrical history
© Nobby Clark

"Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s most influential theatre and film directors. His numerous awards have included a BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema"

Prior to the West End, the 40th anniversary production of Mike Leigh’s iconic comedy Abigail’s Party comes to Oxford Playhouse from Monday 3rd-Saturday 8th April.

 

Starring Amanda Abbington as Beverly, best known for playing Mary in the BBC's Sherlock, this ruthlessly accurate and painfully funny observation of the pretensions of suburbia is one of the most popular plays ever written.

It’s forty years since the appalling Beverly first put Donna Summer on the turntable, stacked a plate with little cheese and pineapple sticks, plied her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and Demis Roussos, and slow-danced her way across the shag-pile into theatrical history.

© Nobby Clark

 

The drinks party from hell begins when Beverly and estate agent husband Laurence invite round new neighbours, Tony and Ange, along with nervous divorcee Sue, jittery about the bash her teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing up the road. As that party reportedly gets out of hand, this one too descends into chaos, and comedy, drama and tragedy combine into an iconic piece of theatre.

Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s most influential theatre and film directors. His numerous awards have included Best Comedy award for the stage play Goose Pimples, a BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film for Life is Sweet, Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival for Naked, the Palme d’Or at Cannes for Secrets and Lies and an Oscar for Topsy Turvy.

Directed by Sarah Esdaile (Talking Heads, Theatre Royal Bath), the cast includes Ben Caplan (series regular in BBCs Call the Midwife) as Laurence, Rose Keegan (Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce, Aldwych Theatre) as Susan, Charlotte Mills (Jerusalem, Royal Court) as Angela and Ciarán Owens (Titus Andronicus, Royal Shakespeare Company) as Tony. This hilarious and horribly compelling play is an undisputed classic.

Tickets for Abigail’s Party at Oxford Playhouse start at £15 and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online.

 

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