Abigail’s Party - New Wolsey Theatre

Abigail’s Party

Performed from Tue 3 — Sat 7 Oct

London Classic Theatre

London Classic Theatre

A woman in a glittery, pale gold cocktail dress laughs, holding a gin and tonic. A swirly blue wall with a dark gold clock hanging on it is behind her. A swirly yellow and orange title at the bottom of the image reads 'Abigail's Party, by Mike Leigh.'

London Classic Theatre present
Directed by Michael Cabot

It was 1977, the year of skin-tight polyester, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and Saturday Night Fever. The Sex Pistols were storming up the charts, skateboarding was the latest craze and Angela Rippon danced with Morecambe & Wise.

And at Hampstead Theatre in London, Mike Leigh and his cast were putting the finishing touches to Abigail’s Party, ferocious black comedy and landmark of twentieth century theatre.

In her suburban living room, Beverly prepares for the arrival of her guests. She and husband Laurence will play host to neighbours Angela, Tony and Sue. As the alcohol flows and the ‘nibbles’ are handed around, Mike Leigh’s ruthless, achingly funny examination of 1970s British life begins…

Abigail’s Party was premièred at the Hampstead Theatre in 1977, with the role of Beverly being immortalised by Alison Steadman. A record sixteen million people watched its broadcast as Play for Today, underlining its status as a true modern classic and national treasure.

Age Guidance 14+
Contains strong language.

Reviews of Abigail’s Party

What the press say

★★★★★ 'Beautifully put together, razor-sharp and devastatingly effective…'

Broadway World

★★★★★ 'A timeless masterpiece that had its audience roaring with laughter…'


★★★★ 'An unforgettably hilarious and horrifying evening of theatre…'

The Scotsman

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