Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents AMANDA ABBINGTON in
by Mike Leigh, directed by Sarah Esdaile
1 - 11 March 2017
"Amanda Abbington is intoxicating ... agonisingly irresistible ... A remarkably atmospheric piece, a fresh look at an old classic"
"Pitch perfect on pacing with wonderful period design ... achingly funny. The cast is uniformly excellent, but the evening belongs inevitably and rightly to Amanda Abbington as Beverly"
Fine Times Recorder
"Raw, excruciating and real … Amanda Abbington leads a superb cast … a classic interpretation of a classic drama" ListomaniaBath
"This production is a thoroughly modern experience on many levels, compelling from the get-go and still fervently fresh in execution ... an undisputed theatrical classic" The Bath Magazine
"The play remains a masterpiece and this is a great night out. And judging by the reaction of the audience, they agreed"
The 40th Anniversary Production
It’s forty years since the appalling Beverly first put Donna Summer on the turntable, stacked a plate with little cheesey-pineapple ones, plied her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and Demis Roussos and slow-danced her way across the shag-pile into theatrical history.
The drinks party from hell begins when Beverly and estate agent husband Laurence invite round new neighbours, Tony and Ange, along with nervous divorcee Sue, jittery about the bash her teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing up the road. As that party gets out of hand, this one too descends into chaos, and comedy, drama and tragedy combine into an iconic piece of theatre. Hilarious and horribly compelling, Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party is an undisputed classic.
Amanda Abbington is best-known for playing Mary Morstan in Sherlock, Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and DS Jo Moffat in Cuffs.
The cast also includes Ben Caplan (BBC's Call The Midwife; Sunny Afternoon, the Kinks musical) as Laurence, with Rose Keegan (Bedroom Farce, Aldwych Theatre) as Susan, Charlotte Mills (Jerusalem, Royal Court) as Angela, and Ciarán Owens (Titus Andronicus, RSC) as Tony.
Sarah Esdaile directed Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads as part of the 2015 Summer Season in Bath. Her acclaimed productions for West Yorkshire Playhouse include Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Deep Blue Sea.
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Amanda Abbington - Beverly
Ben Caplan - Laurence
Rose Keegan - Susan
Charlotte Mills - Angela
Ciarán Owens - Tony
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Week One: Wednesday 7.30pm Thursday – Saturday 8pm Matinee Saturday 2.30pm
Week Two: Monday - Tuesday 7.30pm Wednesday 7pm, Thursday – Saturday 8pm Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Running Time: 2hrs inc. interval (approx.)
- Audio Description: Thursday 9th 2.30pm
- Lunch & Listen: Thursday 9th 12pm
Mon – Fri eves and Sat mats: £21.00 £26.50 £28.50 £31.50 £33.50
Sat eves: £23.50 £27.50 £29.50 £32.50 £35.50
Thurs mat: £19.50 £25.00 £27.00 £31.00 £32.00
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