Following a triumphant West End season, Mike Leigh’s classic comedy comes to The Gaiety Theatre from 10th June 2013 to 15th 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.
This ruthlessly accurate and painfully funny observation of the pretensions of suburbia 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.
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 Calendarn Girls (on tour and West End). Joining her are Martin Marquez, most recently seen in the West End in Billy Elliot and soon to be seen in the upcoming 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.
Wednesday 12th June 2013 - 2.30pm
Saturday 15th June 2013 – 2.30pm
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm
No performance Sunday
Tickets priced €28.20, €33.20, €38.70 including booking fee are on sale from Gaiety Box Office. No service charge for transactions in person at the Gaiety Box Office. Service charges apply to online and telephone bookings. Tickets are also on sale from online at www.ticketmaster.ie and all usual ticketmaster outlets nationwide.