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|Steadman to Stop Cooking Husband
- New home sought for marital-breakdown drama
THE WOMAN WHO COOKED HER HUSBAND starring Alison Steadman closes a week earlier than anticipated to make room for a revival of the show that made Steadman famous. Abigail's Party transfers from the Hampstead Theatre and opens at the New Ambassador's Theatre in early November.
Steadman debuted 25 years ago in the cult classic devised by hubby Mike Leigh. The tale of a cringe worthy middle class gathering held in a house next door to party-throwing teenager Abigail is now a GCSE set text and also secured the reputation of the tiny Hampstead theatre. As Steadman is now too old to revive the Mike Leigh role of her earlier days, fans must content themselves with another version of her younger self.
But Debbie Isitt's The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband lets Steadman prove she hasn't lost her comic timing. Producers Clear Channel and Qdos are currently seeking a new home for the black comedy about marital breakdown. "The show is doing fantastic business," said a spokeswoman.