Abigail's Party


Main Details
Premiere Date 1977-11-01
Category TV Episode
Director Mike Leigh
Writer Mike Leigh
Cast Alison Steadman as Beverly
Cast Tim Stern as Laurence
Cast Janine Duvitski as Angela
Cast John Salthouse as Tony
Cast Harriet Reynolds as Susan
Notes Abigail's Party is a play for stage and television devised and directed in 1977 by Mike Leigh. It is a suburban situation comedy of manners, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s. The play developed in lengthy improvisations during which Mike Leigh explored the characters with the actors, but did not always reveal the incidents that would occur during the play. The production opened in April 1977 at the Hampstead Theatre, and returned after its initial run in the summer of 1977, 104 performances in all. A recording was arranged at the BBC as a Play for Today, produced by Margaret Matheson for BBC Scotland and transmitted in November 1977.


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