Abigail's Party

by  Mike Leigh

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

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. 

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Abigail's Party

by  Mike Leigh

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

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    Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1970s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    The action takes place in Laurence and Beverly's house

    Act 1: early evening in Spring

    Act 2: later that evening

  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 3f

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

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