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Abigail's Party - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Abigail's Party

Mike Leigh

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573110160

British suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their new neighbors, Angela and Tony as well as Susan, whose teenage daughter, Abigail is having a party to which Susan has been dis-invited. Over drinks and snacks, cliches and fatuous small talk abound.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Settings Of Play - Laurence and Beverly's house. Early and late evening in spring.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

Named among the "10 most influential postwar British plays" by Guardian UK!
Winner! 2013 Whatsonstage.com Award, Best Play Revival

British suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their new neighbors, Angela and Tony as well as Susan, whose teenage daughter, Abigail is having a party to which Susan has been dis-invited. Over drinks and snacks, cliches and fatuous small talk abound. The tension escalates as the marital strain between Beverly and Laurence surfaces. Susan's anxiety over Abigail's party accelerates as rock music and God-knows-what permeate the room. As Beverly and Angela offer some supremely tactless remarks, reality breaks through the smugness when Laurence collapses with a fatal heart attack.
"A brutally accurate portrait of people who link ownership with status and who surround themselves with expensive objects...for which they have no practical use... An almost Strindbergian vision of marital loathing." - Guardian UK
Abigail's Party was first presented at the Hampstead THeatre in London on April 18, 1977. It was directed by the author.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

BEVERLY
LAURENCE
ANGELA
TONY
SUSAN
Author
Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh is an award-winning screen-writer and playwright who was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1943. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and at Camberwell and Central Art Schools and the London Film School. He gained acting and directing experience with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his first original play, Bleak Moments, evolved from improvisations. His career began as a ... view full profile

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Darren Coleman 6/8/2016 12:42 PM
A fantastic play with brilliant characters. The best play I have ever been involved in. Mike Leigh is a genius.  
MAUREEN FROST 1/17/2015 4:16 AM
This play has to rate among the all time greats. Simply the best dialogue you will come across.

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