ABIGAIL'S PARTY by Mike Leigh
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.
At Hampstead Theatre in London, Mike Leigh and his cast were putting the finishing touches to Abigail’s Party, the 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 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 on the BBC’s Play for Today, underlining its status as a true modern classic.
★★★★★ “a thoroughly enjoyable and truly affecting night out” – Broadway World
★★★★ “Cabot’s production finds new perspectives on such a familiar play” – The Stage
★★★★ – Theatre, Films and Art Reviews
“It’s a triumph for London Classic Theatre” – Winchester Today
“Dark, funny and a joy to watch” – In Common
“Mike Leigh’s comic masterpiece is as 70s as it gets…the original cringe comedy…” – The Guardian
“The suburban drinks party from hell…” – Evening Standard