A new production of Abigail’s Party on its 40th birthday - at Cambridge Arts Theatre
PUBLISHED: 13:34 30 March 2017
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Abigail’s Party, by Mike Leigh, the play that comes to mind everytime you dance around the room to the music you play on as you wait for guests to arrive, is back at Cambridge Arts Theatre.
It will be there from April 10-15, marking 40 years since it was a BBC Television Play for Today in 1977.
Yes, it’s four decades since the appalling Beverly first put Donna Summer on the turntable to dance to with her stiff shoulders, told off her husband for being the only one who likes olives and flirted shamelessly with her neighbour’s husband (who doesn’t like olives).
Having plied her guests with alcohol and cigarettes, whether they want them or not, she turns up the Demis Roussos on the record player and slow-dances her way into theatrical history.
The drinks party from hell began when Beverly and her estate agent husband Laurence invite round Tony and Ange, their new neighbours, for the evening, along with nervous divorcee Sue from down the road who is worried about the bash her teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing at her house.
As Abigail’s party reportedly gets out of hand, this gathering too descends into chaos.
The piece is regarded as a painfully funny observation of the pretensions of suburbia at a time when anyone with a half-decent job could buy a house there.
The play, which originally starred Alison Steadman, became an instant classic.
This production, on its way to the West End, stars Amanda Abbington, who played Mary Morstan in Sherlock, Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and DS Jo Moffat in Cuffs.
7.45pm with matinees Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Post-show talk, Tuesday, April 11. Tickets, 01223 503333 or www.cambridgeartstheatre.com