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Abigail's Party

Mike Leigh

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f, 2m

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. 

Abigail's Party

by  Mike Leigh

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description

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.

Abigail's Party was evolved from scratch entirely by rehearsal through improvisation.

History
First performed at The Hampstead Theatre, London on 18th April 1977

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Large Stage
Cautions
  • Alcohol
  • Mild Adult Themes

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1970s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

The action takes place in Laurence and Beverly's house

Act 1: early evening in Spring

Act 2: later that evening

Casting

3f, 2m
Cast Attributes

Beverly

Laurence

Angela

Tony 

Susan

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Authors

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, at Camberwell and Central Art Schools in London, and at the London Film School. He has written and directed over twenty stage plays. These include Babies Grow Old (1974), Abigail's Party (1977), Ecstasy (1979), Goose-Pimples (1981), Smelling A Rat (1988), Gree ...

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