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Abigail’s Party – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Tate James Through the large glass window of Janet Bird’s nostalgic set we catch our first glimpse in the living room of 1970s suburbia. As the set literally unfolds, the familiar shagpile rugs, record players and fibre optic lamps of yesteryear provide the setting for a dinner party doused with dysfunction. We meet ...

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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 – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Simon Topping A new touring production of Mike Leigh's classic comedy of manners, Abigail's Party, opens in Brighton to a warm reception from a welcoming audience, whose demographic is predominantly fifty plus. From the off laughter fills the auditorium, as we take a trip down memory lane. The stunning period set (wonderfully designed ...

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The BFG – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Jay Nuttall For over 30 years, Roald Dahl's tale of the The Big Friendly Giant has lit up classrooms, libraries and bedtimes. It is no surprise that David Wood's adaptation has been produced for nearly 25 years and has been chosen as The Octagon Theatre's festive production. Filled with Dahl's ...

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Talking Heads – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: David Jobson Alan Bennett is well known for his monologues. Restricting movement prevents the audience’s distraction from the monologue’s message. Either that or he has a sadistic way of leaving his characters grounded to the floor. First written as a TV series in 1988 and brought to the stage in 1992, Talking Heads ...

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Talking Heads – Theatre Royal Nottingham

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Phil Lowe Since Alan Bennett's original six-part televisual masterpiece of social observation, collectively known as Talking Heads, aired on the nation's televisions in 1982, some of the groundbreaking monologues have been transferred to the stage by both amateur and professional companies. The choice is usually an evening of two monologues and invariably two ...

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