See Abigail's Party at Windsor
PUBLISHED: 11:59 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:15 05 April 2013
Popular play is at Theatre Royal from 22 to 27 April
Following a triumphant West End season, Lindsay Posners acclaimed revival of one of the most popular plays ever written is touring the UK in 2013 with Hannah Waterman, Martin Marquez, Samuel James, Katie Lightfoot and Emily Raymond and comes to Windsor from 22 to 27 April.
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 15 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.
Mike Leighs comedy became an instant classic when it first appeared as a BBC Play For Today in 1977, the year of the Queens Silver Jubilee. It is a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste and ruled over by the monstrous Beverly!
Mike Leigh is one of Britains 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 dOr 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.