Anyone for Demis Roussos? Make a date for Abigail’s Party

Amanda Abbington & Charlotte Mills in Abigail’s Party. Images Nobby Clark.

Theatre Royal Bath celebrates the 40th anniversary of Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party with a revival of the classic comedy which will tour the UK before heading to London’s West End. Cheese on a stick anyone?

Sherlock star Amanda Abbington plays Beverly. She’s joined by Ben Caplan as Laurence, Rose Keegan as Susan, Charlotte Mills as Angela and Ciarán Owens as Tony. The production is directed by Sarah Esdaile.

The drinks party from hell begins when Beverly and estate agent husband Laurence invite around their 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.

Amanda Abbington is best known for her television work, with recent roles including Mary Morstan in Sherlock, Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and DS Jo Moffat in BBCTV’s cop series, Cuffs.

Ben Caplan most recently starred in Hedda Gabler (Salisbury Playhouse) and as Eddie Kassner in Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre). He is also known for his role as PC Peter Noakes in the first five series of BBC’s Call The Midwife.

Rose Keegan’s stage credits include Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce (Aldwych Theatre) and The Revengers’ Comedies (Strand Theatre), Cunegonde in Candide and Peterchen in Sugardollies (Gate Theatre).

Charlotte Mills played Tanya in the original production of Jerusalem at the Royal Court, then at the Apollo Theatre West End and The Music Box Theatre on Broadway. Other recent credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare’s Globe and The Winter’s Tale at the RSC.

Ciarán Owens’ theatre work includes Candide, Titus Andronicus and Mad World My Masters for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Oh! What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

UK tour dates

Until Saturday, Norwich Theatre Royal
April 3-8, Oxford Playhouse
April 10-15, Cambridge Arts Theatre
April 17-22, Malvern Theatres
April 24-29, Richmond Theatre

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