Direct from the West End
Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Chocolate Factory Productions present
by Mike Leigh
Directed by Lindsay Posner
“A very funny and splendidly performed production” * * * * Mail on Sunday
Following a triumphant West End season, Mike Leigh’s classic comedy Abigail’s Party comes to The Gaiety Theatre from 10 to 15 June 2013.
Hannah Waterman, Martin Marquez, Samuel James, Katie Lightfoot and Emily Raymond star in Abigail’s Party, one of the most popular plays ever written.
Donna Summer is playing on the stereo. Dishes of cheese and pineapple are on the coffee table…the social get-together from hell is about to begin.
Beverly, and estate agent husband Laurence, have invited round new neighbours Tony and Ange and nervous divorcee Sue, twitchy about the party her fifteen-year-old daughter, Abigail, is throwing over the road. As Beverly plies the guests with alcohol, cigarettes, Demis Roussos and nibbles, this horribly compelling evening descends into drunkenness and debauchery. Comedy, drama and tragedy combine into an iconic piece of theatre.
Mike Leigh’s comedy became an instant classic when it first appeared as a BBC Play For Today in 1977, the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. It is a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste and ruled over by the monstrous Beverly!
Hannah Waterman is best known for her role as Laura Beale in EastEnders. Following her departure from the show she has performed extensively in theatre productions both on tour and in the West End, including Carrie’s War, Rattle of a Simple Man and The Vagina Monologues (on tour) and Calendar Girls (on tour and West End). Joining her are Martin Marquez, most recently seen in the West End in Billy Elliot and seen in the film version of Les Misérables, Samuel James, Katie Lightfoot and Emily Raymond.
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.
Lindsay Posner recently directed the all-star revival of Noises Off at the Old Vic and Butley, A View from the Bridge and Fiddler on the Roof in the West End and Relatively Speaking on tour and soon to open in the West End.
Theatre Royal Bath Productions are one of the most highly regarded producers of touring and West End productions. Recent productions include: Relatively Speaking starring Felicity Kendall and Kara Tointon, which sold out at theatres across the UK and The Judas Kiss starring Rupert Everett. Upcoming productions include West End transfers of Relatively Speaking and The Judas Kiss, a West End premier of Quartermaine’s Terms starring Rowan Atkinson and a national tour of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Fences, starring Lenny Henry.
“Lindsay Posner’s triumphant production. Brilliant, vintage Leigh” - Observer
“A pitch perfect production” * * * * - Sunday Express
“A night of continuous guilty pleasure...a superb production” - Daily Telegraph