Abigail's Party
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Wyndham's Theatre (London, )
(Leicester Square) Charing Cross Road
London,
Running Time
2 hours (one intermission)
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Mondays to Saturdays at 7:45pm
Thursdays and Saturdays at 3pm
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In 1970's suburbia, Beverly and her husband Laurence are hosting a drinks party for their neighbours. There is plenty of alcohol, an array of cheese-pineapple savoury bites and olives, and Demis Roussos on the record player. But as prejudices are unmasked and tempers flare, the evening seems headed for disaster...

Mike Leigh's classic comedy is directed by Lindsay Posner, who recently directed Noises Off at the Old Vic. Other credits include: Butley (Duchess), A View from the Bridge (Duke of York's - Olivier nomination) and Fiddler on the Roof (Savoy - Olivier nomination).

Almeida Theatre Announces THE TURN OF THE SCREW Casting
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2012

Lindsay Posner returns to the Almeida to direct Rebecca Lenkiewicz' new stage adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw from 18 January - 16 March 2013, with press night on 24 January. The cast comprises Caroline Bartleet (a woman), Laurence Belcher (Miles), Eoin Geoghegan (a man), Gemma Jones (Mrs. Grose), Anna Madeley (The Governess), Orlando Wells (Sackville) and Isabella Blake, Emilia Jones and Lucy Morton who will alternate the role of Flora. The Turn of the Screw is sponsored by Pinsent Masons LLP. (more...)

Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent D'Onofrio and Zoe Kazan join Ethan Hawke in New Group's CLIVE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2012

The New Group has announced that Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent D'Onofrio and Zoe Kazan have joined the cast of Clive, up next in the company's 2012-2013 season. Written by Jonathan Marc Sherman and directed by and featuring Ethan Hawke in the title role, Clive begins a limited Off-Broadway engagement on January 17, 2013. Official Opening Night is set for Thursday, February 7 at 7:00pm. This production is slated through March 9 at The New Group at Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street). (more...)

Dark Nights at The New Group Presents WOMEN in 3-D Today, Nov 11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2012

On Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm, The New Group offers the first presentation in this season's continuing series Dark Nights at The New Group: "WOMEN in 3-D: Creating Complex, Sexual Female Characters" with playwrights Francine Volpe, Julia Jordan and Marsha Norman. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company's THIS IS HOW IT GOES Begins 6/14
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2013

Closing Aurora Theatre Company's 21st season is the Bay Area Premiere of Neil LaBute's dark, edgy comic drama THIS IS HOW IT GOES, directed by Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross (A Delicate Balance). Ross helmed LaBute's The Shape of Things, the first LaBute play produced in the Bay Area, in 2003. Featuring Aldo Billingslea (Collapse), Gabriel Marin (Collapse, Jack Goes Boating), and Carrie Paff (A Delicate Balance, Collapse, Betrayal), THIS IS HOW IT GOES presents a one-two punch after LaBute's Fat Pig (staged at Aurora in 2009). (more...)

THE AMERICAN PLAN to Transfer to St. James Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2013

St. James Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present the Ustinov Studio production of The American Plan by Richard Greenberg, directed by David Grindley. The production will transfer to the St. James Theatre from Tuesday 2 July to Saturday 10 August 2013, with press night on Monday 8 July at 7pm. The production received its UK premiere earlier this year at the Ustinov Studio, Bath. Booking opens for members and friends of the St. James Theatre on Monday 6 May and to the general public on Wednesday 8 May 2013. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/26/2013
by BWW - May 26, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/26/2013 for San Francisco (more...)

VIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes of San Francisco Playhouse's ABIGAIL'S PARTY, 5/21-7/6
by Stage Tube - May 24, 2013

San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director and Susi Damilano, Producing Director) continues its Tenth Season, now in their new venue at 450 Post Street, with a revival of Mike Leigh's acclaimed play, Abigail's Party, directed by Amy Glazer. Check out a behind-the-scenes look below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/19/2013
by BWW - May 19, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/19/2013 for San Francisco (more...)

Eric Bogosian, Rory O'Malley and More Set for LITTLE MURDERS Benefit Reading, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2013

On Sunday, May 19, Jules Feiffer's Little Murders arrives at The New Group @ Theatre Row in a one-night-only benefit reading. Directed by Cynthia Nixon, this benefit reading features Eric Bogosian, Kevin Cahoon, John Doman, America Ferrera, Charles Grodin, Rory O'Malley, Caroline Rhea and Michael Stuhlbarg. (more...)

Felicity Kendal and More Star in Theatre Royal Bath's RELATIVELY SPEAKING at Wyndham's Theatre, Now thru Aug 31
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2013

Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking at London's Wyndham's Theatre for a limited run until Saturday 31st August. Previews begin tonight, 14th May 2013 with press night on Monday 20th May. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/12/2013
by BWW - May 12, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/12/2013 for San Francisco (more...)

THIS IS HOW IT GOES Closes Aurora Theatre Company's Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2013

Closing Aurora Theatre Company's 21st season is the Bay Area Premiere of Neil LaBute's dark, edgy comic drama THIS IS HOW IT GOES, directed by Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross (A Delicate Balance). Ross helmed LaBute's The Shape of Things, the first LaBute play produced in the Bay Area, in 2003. Featuring Aldo Billingslea (Collapse), Gabriel Marin (Collapse, Jack Goes Boating), and Carrie Paff (A Delicate Balance, Collapse, Betrayal), THIS IS HOW IT GOES presents a one-two punch after LaBute's Fat Pig (staged at Aurora in 2009). Tweaking perspectives of truth and interpretation to broach sharp questions about race, love, and manipulation,THIS IS HOW IT GOES, about which the Chicago Tribune raved "Highly recommended! LaBute's play has a lot of sting and nothing is as it seems!" plays June 14 through July 21 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($35-60) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

Best Makes Directoral Debut With RSC's MACBETH, With Millson And Spiro
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2013

Shakespeare's classic exploration of ambition, guilt and destiny opens at the Globe on 22 June 2013, the third and final play in the Season of Plenty's trio of supernatural Shakespeares. The production features Joseph Millson and Samantha Spiro as the murderous couple at the heart of the play, with Billy Boyd as Banquo and Gawn Grainger as Duncan. Celebrated cabaret artist Bette Bourne will play the Porter. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Aurora's Paramount Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2013

The newest tradition in Aurora is enjoying critically acclaimed, smash hit, 'Better than Broadway' musicals in the beautiful 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre in the heart of the city's growing downtown business district. Next, the Paramount wraps only the second season of itsself-produced Broadway musical series with the all-time family classic, Fiddler on the Roof. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production in the photos below! (more...)

Lindsay Posner to Direct New Adaptation of THE TURN OF THE SCREW at the Almeida, Jan 18-March 16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2013

Lindsay Posner returns to the Almeida to direct Rebecca Lenkiewicz' new stage adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw from 18 January - 16 March 2013, with press night on 24 January. Designs are by Peter McKintosh with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by John Leonard. Casting for The Turn of the Screw will be announced shortly. The Turn of the Screw is presented in Association with Act Productions Limited, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hammer Theatre of Horror. (more...)

Michael Frayn's NOISES OFF Launches UK Tour, Directed by Lindsay Posner, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2013

Chris Larkin joins David Bark-Jones, Maureen Beattie, Simon Bubb, Danielle Flett, Geoffrey Freshwater, Neil Pearson, Thomasin Rand and Sasha Waddell in the UK tour of Michael Frayn's multi- award-winning backstage comedy Noises Off, directed by Lindsay Posner. Following its acclaimed run at The Old Vic and then at the Novello Theatre in the West End, Noises Off will tour theatres across the UK and Ireland from tonight, 27 March 2013. New dates have also been confirmed, which include Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre, Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre, Glasgow King's Theatre and the Wycombe Swan. (more...)

Henry Goodman Stars in Old Vic's THE WINSLOW BOY, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2013

Henry Goodman plys the role of Arthur Winslow in Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy, which will open at The Old Vic tonight, 19 March 2013. Directed by Lindsay Posner, Rattigan's compelling play is based on the true story of a father's fight to clear his son's name when he is expelled from Naval College after being convicted of theft. (more...)

Photo Flash: Almeida Theatre To Present THE TURN OF THE SCREW, 18 January – 16 March 2013, Rehearsal Photos Inside!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2013

Lindsay Posner has returned to the Almeida to direct Rebecca Lenkiewicz' new stage adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw which runs from 18 January - 16 March 2013, with press night on 24 January. Check out rehearsal photos inside! (more...)

Paul Giamatti-Led HAMLET Begins at Yale Rep Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2013

Yale Repertory Theatre presents Paul Giamatti in HAMLET by William Shakespeare, directed by James Bundy, at the University Theatre (222 York Street), tonight, March 15-April 13. Opening Night is Thursday, March 21, at 7:30PM. (more...)

Trevor Nunn to Direct Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin and Rory Bremner in Bath's 2013 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2013

The Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season 2013 offers a season of new in-house productions including Noel Coward's Relative Values, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin and Rory Bremner; Candida by Bernard Shaw, directed by Simon Godwin; King Lear directed by Lucy Bailey and starring David Haig; and Feydeau's A Little Hotel on the Side, adapted by John Mortimer and directed by Lindsay Posner and Cal McCrystal. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 6/09/2013
by BWW - Jun 9, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/09/2013 for San Francisco (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 6/30/2013
by BWW - Jun 30, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/30/2013 for San Francisco (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 6/23/2013
by BWW - Jun 23, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/23/2013 for San Francisco (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 6/02/2013
by BWW - Jun 2, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/02/2013 for San Francisco (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 6/16/2013
by BWW - Jun 16, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/16/2013 for San Francisco (more...)

Mile Square Theatre Presents ART, Now thru 7/30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2013

Mile Square Theatre (MST), Hudson County's premiere professional theatre company, presents a one-of-a-kind production of Yasmina Reza`s Tony-winning comedy 'Art.' (more...)

Mile Square Theatre to Present ART, 7/24-30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2013

Mile Square Theatre (MST), Hudson County's premiere professional theatre company, presents a one-of-a-kind production of Yasmina Reza`s Tony-winning comedy 'Art.' (more...)

Ethan Hawke, Brooks Ashmanskas, and More Set for CLIVE Off-Broadway; Full Company Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2013

The New Group announced today the world premiere of Clive, written by Jonathan Marc Sherman and directed by and featuring Ethan Hawke in the title role. (more...)

Henry Goodman to Star in THE WINSLOW BOY at the Old Vic, March 8-May 25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2013

According to the Daily Mail, Henry Goodman will star as 'Arthur Winslow' in The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan, which will open on March 19, 2013 at the Old Vic. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Paul Giamatti-Led HAMLET at Yale Rep, 3/15-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2013

Yale Repertory Theatre presents Paul Giamatti in HAMLET by William Shakespeare, directed by James Bundy, at the University Theatre (222 York Street), March 15-April 13. Opening Night is Thursday, March 21, at 7:30PM. (more...)

Casting Announced for UK and Ireland Tour of NOISES OFF
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2013

Casting is announced for the UK tour of Michael Frayn's multi-award-winning backstage comedy Noises Off. Following its acclaimed run at The Old Vic and then at the Novello Theatre in the West End, Noises Off will tour theatres across the UK and Ireland from 27 March 2013. (more...)

TURN OF THE SCREW Opens at the Almeida Theatre, January 24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2013

Lindsay Posner directs Rebecca Lenkiewicz' new stage adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw at the Almeida Theatre which runs until 16 March 2013, with press night on 24 January. The cast comprises Caroline Bartleet (a woman), Laurence Belcher (Miles), Eoin Geoghegan (a man), Gemma Jones (Mrs. Grose), Anna Madeley (The Governess), Orlando Wells (Sackville) and Isabella Blake, Emilia Jones and Lucy Morton who will alternate the role of Flora. The Turn of the Screw is sponsored by Pinsent Masons LLP. (more...)

Lindsay Posner Directs New Adaptation of THE TURN OF THE SCREW at the Almeida, Now thru March 16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2013

Lindsay Posner returns to the Almeida to direct Rebecca Lenkiewicz' new stage adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw from tonight, 18 January - 16 March 2013, with press night on 24 January. (more...)

CLIVE, Starring Ethan Hawke, Begins Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2013

The New Group presents the world premiere of Clive, written by Jonathan Marc Sherman and directed by and featuring Ethan Hawke in the title role. This production features Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent D'Onofrio, Stephanie Janssen, Mahira Kakkar, Zoe Kazan, Aaron Krohn, Dana Lyn and Jonathan Marc Sherman, with Music and Sound Sculptures by GAINES. Clive plays a limited Off-Broadway engagement January 17 through March 9 at The New Group at Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street). Official Opening Night is Thursday, February 7 at 7:00pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Almeida Theatre To Present THE TURN OF THE SCREW, 18 January – 16 March 2013, Rehearsal Photos Inside!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2013

Lindsay Posner has returned to the Almeida to direct Rebecca Lenkiewicz' new stage adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw which runs from 18 January - 16 March 2013, with press night on 24 January. Check out rehearsal photos inside! (more...)

Felicity Kendal and More to Star in Theatre Royal Bath's RELATIVELY SPEAKING at Wyndham's Theatre, May 14-Aug 31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2013

Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking at London's Wyndham's Theatre for a limited run until Saturday 31st August. Previews begin Tuesday 14th May 2013 with press night on Monday 20th May. (more...)

Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent D'Onofrio and Zoe Kazan Join Ethan Hawke in New Group's CLIVE, Now thru 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2013

The New Group has announced that Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent D'Onofrio and Zoe Kazan have joined the cast of Clive, up next in the company's 2012-2013 season. Written by Jonathan Marc Sherman and directed by and featuring Ethan Hawke in the title role, Clive's official Opening Night is set for tonight, February 7 at 7:00pm. This production is slated through March 9 at The New Group at Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street). (more...)

Adam Blanshay Announces Launch of JUST FOR LAUGHS THEATRICALS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

Broadway and West End producer Adam Blanshay announces the launch of Just For Laughs Theatricals. (more...)

Dark Nights at The New Group Presents Janeane Garofalo, Mario Cantone and Judy Gold, 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2013

On Sunday, February 24 at 6:00pm, The New Group offers the next event in this season's continuing series Dark Nights at The New Group: "Stand-Up Center Stage" with Janeane Garofalo, Mario Cantone and Judy Gold in a discussion moderated by Susan Blackwell. Reservations required at seats@thenewgroup.org (space is limited). Suggested donation: $20. Free for New Group subscribers. (more...)

Darren Goldstein Joins THE MADRID, 2/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2013

Darren Goldstein (Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson; Abigail's Party) will join the cast of Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of THE MADRID in the role of Danny starting Thursday, February 28. (more...)

Wyvern Theatre Announces Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2013

The Wyvern will present a brand-new season including Gareth Gates and Chico in Boogie Nights the Musical in Concert, Liza Goddard and Lysette Anthony in Agatha Christie's Go Back For Murder, Ray Quinn and Beverley Callard in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Hannah Waterman in Abigail's Party, Toyah Wilcox in Hormonal Housewives and Dancing On Ice's Keith Chegwin in Jack and the Beanstalk. (more...)

Michael Laurence's HAMLET IN BED Opens 2/3 Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2012

Hamlet In Bed, the new play/event from Michael Laurence, the playwright/performer of the acclaimed Krapp, 39 (2009 Drama Desk nominee), will begin previews at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, NYC) on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. It will officially open on February 3rd. Directed by OBIE-winning director Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) and featuring OBIE-winner Lisa Emery (Relatively Speaking, Marvin's Room, Abigail's Party, A Kind of Alaska), Hamlet In Bed will end its limited engagement on March 17, 2013. (more...)

Felicity Kendal and More to Star in Theatre Royal Bath's RELATIVELY SPEAKING at Wyndham's Theatre, May 14-Aug 31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2013

Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking at London's Wyndham's Theatre for a limited run until Today 31st August. Previews begin Tuesday 14th May 2013 with press night on Monday 20th May. (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse Opens ABIGAIL'S PARTY, 5/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2013

San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director and Susi Damilano, Producing Director) continues its Tenth Season, now in their new venue at 450 Post Street, with a revival of Mike Leigh's acclaimed play, Abigail's Party, directed by Amy Glazer. (more...)

Murray Lachlan Young's THE INCOMERS to Launch UK Tour, April 18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2013

A lurid, yet blistering funny tale of sex, drugs and perfectly seared scallops is set to both enthral and entice audiences when it tours the UK this spring. The Incomers, a hideously entertaining black farce in which four friends are slowly stripped of all their pretensions and secrets, is written by 6 Music resident poet, and regular BBC Radio 2, contributor Murray Lachlan Young. (more...)

Ayub Khan Din Leads The New Group's BUNTY BERMAN PRESENTS…, Opening 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2013

The New Group announced today that Ayub Khan Din has stepped into the title role in the new musical Bunty Berman Presents..., replacing actor Erick Avari who withdrew from the production last week on doctor's orders following an injury. The world premiere of this musical comedy, with book & lyrics by Ayub Khan Din and music by Ayub Khan Din and Paul Bogaev, is directed by Scott Elliott. Previews began April 12. Performances resume Wednesday, April 24 in advance of Official Opening Night on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00pm. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through June 1 at The New Group at Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street). (more...)

NOISES OFF Comes to the Lyceum This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2013

Following a critically-acclaimed sell out run at The Old Vic and the West End, Noises Off comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Monday 13 - Saturday 18 May. (more...)

Murray Lachlan Young's THE INCOMERS Launches UK Tour Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2013

A lurid, yet blistering funny tale of sex, drugs and perfectly seared scallops is set to both enthral and entice audiences when it tours the UK this spring. The Incomers, a hideously entertaining black farce in which four friends are slowly stripped of all their pretensions and secrets, is written by 6 Music resident poet, and regular BBC Radio 2, contributor Murray Lachlan Young. (more...)

THE GOOD ENOUGH MUMS CLUB Debuts At Waterloo East, May 2013
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2013

Brand new British musical THE GOOD ENOUGH MUMS CLUB will have its World Premiere at Waterloo East Theatre from Wednesday 29 May - Sunday 9 June 2013 prior to a UK Tour. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Paul Giamatti-Led HAMLET at Yale Rep, 3/15-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2013

Yale Repertory Theatre presents Paul Giamatti in HAMLET by William Shakespeare, directed by James Bundy, at the University Theatre (222 York Street), March 15-April 13. Opening Night is Thursday, March 21, at 7:30PM. (more...)

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