Abigail's Party

by Mike Leigh
Derby Theatre Productions , Plays and Drama
Wednesday 26 September 2018 - Saturday 20 October 2018
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"Detailed design and committed performances"
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A Derby Theatre, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Wiltshire Creative and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg production

A hilarious masterpiece of situation comedy

Beverly and husband Laurence are entertaining their newlywed neighbours. Joining them is twitchy divorcee Sue, banished from the party of her teenage daughter. Over a stack of cheesy-pineapple sticks, small talk and splashes of alcohol, the appalling host’s soiree soon descends into chaos. As the sniping begins, this delicious comedy cracks open social climbing suburbia to savagely funny effect.

Set in seventies Romford, with Donna Summer top of the hit parade and adults behaving disgracefully, join us for a great night out at the drinks party from hell!

Made famous by the BBC ‘Play for Today’ starring Alison Steadman, this fresh but faithful look at an iconic classic is directed by Douglas Rintoul (Made in Dagenham, The Crucible, Rope).

PLUS: for the first time ever, find out what happened to the mysterious Abigail... Meet her granddaughter in dynamic new play, Abi, a contemporary response to Mike Leigh's timeless classic. £5 tickets available for Abi when booked with Abigail's Party (scroll down for more info).

"A pitch-perfect revival’... Excruciatingly funny and truly unmissable"
ActDrop ★★★★★

"A bittersweet trip down memory lane. A lively and dynamic production" 
London Theatre1 ★★★★ 

Abigail's Party at Derby Theatre


£5 Tickets for Abi when purchased with Abigail's Party

Two Generations. Two Parties.

It’s been just over forty years since Beverly stacked a plate with cheese and pineapple and slow-danced her way into theatrical history but what happened to Abigail? Atiha Sen Gupta reveals all in her dynamic new play Abi.

Meet Abigail’s granddaughter Abi. She thinks her nan is an ‘absolute legend!' As she tries to clear her head and her nan’s flat, family secrets begin to surface. Will Abigail’s past threaten Abi’s already fragile present?

This fresh new piece of writing explores how a fiery teenager experiences modern society by delving into her realm of boys, family, partying, ambitions and social media, with wit and flair.

Enjoy a special double bill and purchase a £5 ticket to Abi when you buy a ticket for Abigail’s Party

Abigail's Party Accessible Performances 

BSL Interpreted: Friday 5 October, 7pm

Audio Description via a headset is available at every performance

Abigail's Party at Derby Theatre

Mike Leigh - Writer
Douglas Rintoul - Director
Lee Newby - Set & Costume Designer
Zoe Spurr - Lighting Designer
Ivan Stott - Sound Designer

Age Guidance: 11+