After a sunny March afternoon, I made a trek across the border and over to the Norwich Theatre Royal on World Theatre Day for the 40th anniversary production of Mike Leigh’s classic play, Abigail’s Party.

The story is set in 1977, when Beverly (Amanda Abbington) sets us up for the worst party ever… beginning the night by putting Donna Summer on the turntable and stacking a plate with little cheesy-pineapples whilst slow-dancing. A short while later, her estate agent husband Laurence (Ben Caplan) returns home from work and their guests arrive; the new neighbours, Tony (Ciaran Owens) and Ange (Charlotte Mills), and nervous divorcee Sue (Rose Keegan), who is on edge about the party her teenage daughter Abigail is throwing up the road. Despite the plays title, this is very much focused on Beverly’s party, as she quickly plies her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and Demis Roussos; but the night soon descends into one of chaos, comedy, drama and tragedy…

Read the full review here on GrapevineLIVE. 

PS: I also had the pleasure of meeting all of the lead cast, and they were a joy. Especially Amanda Abbington who I’ve been a fan of for a good few years now. I’ll be seeing the show once more on Saturday too, so it’ll be interesting to see again. Hope you enjoyed reading! See you again soon folks… 

♥ MOLLY THE BLOGGER ♥

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