Audio Described Tuesday 3 April, 6.30pm
Audio Described Saturday 7 April, 4pm
Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
Tickets (03) 8688 0888 please mention Audio description when booking
You’re invited to the suburban drinks party from hell. Desperate-to impress Beverly and her staid real estate agent husband Laurence are the hosts. The guests are their neighbours – eager-to-please nurse Angela with her bully-boy husband Tony, and divorcee Susan who’s steering clear of her daughter Abigail’s own party down the road. Over cheese and pineapple sticks, Demis Roussos records and copious amounts of alcohol, we witness one disastrous evening of social awkwardness, outrageous flirting, cringeworthy one-upmanship and hilarious put-downs.
UK doyen of stage and screen writing, Mike Leigh, wrote his most famous play Abigail’s Party 40 years ago, but this undisputed classic has lost none of its acerbic wit and biting satire. In fact, in this age of bold aspiration and excessive consumption, it gains new relevance. Riotously funny and disturbingly compelling, Abigail’s Party is an iconic piece of theatre, every bit as cutting as it ever was.
Step across the shagpile, down a gin and tonic and settle in for a devastating portrait of middleclass life in the British ’burbs starring Eryn Jean Norvill (All My Sons), directed by Stephen Nicolazzo (Dangerous Liaisons, The Moors).