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Abigail’s Party, The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Pete Benson At the opening of Abigail's Party, we are outside a 1970s suburban house looking in through the window creating the feeling that we are voyeurs. The window flies out, the house opens up, revealing a sitting room with a blond wood and faux leather furniture décor. The larger than life Beverly is ...

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Abigail’s Party – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If ever there was a play that was well and truly burned into the memory of all those who saw it, Mike Leigh's 1970s masterpiece, Abigail's Party is it. There are few who haven't seen the 1977 BBC Play For Today production of the stage play, who can't recite a plethora of ...

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Abigail’s Party – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: James Garrington When it was first written in 1977 Mike Leigh’s masterpiece was very much a commentary of the time. This was a time when social mobility started to become a real ambition for many, when the aspirational middle-classes wanted to have the latest and best of everything and would do everything they ...

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Abigail’s Party – Curve Leicester

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Phil Lowe “I told you nobody'd like olives Laurence.” says the lead character Beverly to her put down husband. He retorts, “Not nobody Beverly: I like olives. And that's twenty-five per cent of the assembled company” In such cleverly written lines throughout Leigh's comically tragic masterpiece, Abigail's Party, we recognise 1970s affluent pretension ...

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Abigail’s Party- Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Lindsay Posner Tour Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:4]   The Menier Chocolate Factory is on a roll. A few weeks ago, the London Bridge venue had four productions running simultaneously to its name, which, for a house seating only 180 with no public subsidy, is quite an achievement. One of those four was Lindsay ...

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Abigail’s Party – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Megan Pearce [Rating:5] Beverly is an undersexed housewife dissatisfied with nearly every aspect of her life. She invites over her new neighbours for ‘a few’ drinks as well as Sue, whose 15-year-old daughter, Abigail, is throwing a party. The mixture of classes and lack of a good dinner ensures that chaos ensues. The ...

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Abigail’s Party – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards [Rating:3] There is a problem at the heart of this production of Abigail’s Party. Put simply, it is not funny enough. Mike Leigh’s text certainly contains plenty of humour: he offers a plethora of comedic moments in different guises, first in clever little witticisms, then in drunken physical comedy and ...

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Abigail’s Party – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Director: Tom Attenborough Writer: Mike Leigh Reviewer: Sue Collier [Rating: 4.5] Abigail’s Party is a classic Mike Leigh comedy, first produced as a BBC Play for Today in 1977. A nightmarish house party is attended by a group of people who appear to be fighting for top position when it comes to class, gender, taste and domination. It is a ...

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