Full Length Play
Settings Of Play - Laurence and Beverly's house. Early and late evening in spring.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Scene work, Competition or audition material
Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
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.