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09/07/02
Abigail's Party On Again
- Hampstead houses Mike Leigh classic

ABIGAIL'S PARTY by Mike Leigh celebrates its 25th anniversary by returning to the Hampstead theatre where it was first devised. The show opens July 17 and stars Elizabeth Berrington in the role of party host, the part made famous by Leigh's own wife Alison Steadman.

This anniversary revival marks the final production in the Hampstead's current home before the theatre relocates to its new purpose-built UKP15.6 million building. Like the specially commissioned Abigail's Party, no one intended the Hampstead theatre's current home to last. But Leigh's drama became a BBC Play for Today and a GCSE set text, while the Hampstead's 'temporary accommodation' survived forty years.

Mike Leigh's play tells of a terrible drinks party held by Beverly and Laurence against the backdrop of teenage neighbour Abigail's real party. The multi award-winning drama makes clever mockery of the nouveau riche but a fitting party piece for the Hampstead's long awaited homecoming.




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