Jodie Prenger leads the cast in Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s groundbreaking comedy classic which begins a major UK tour in Brighton on 10 January 2019 and tours until 20 April 2019 in Edinburgh (Full tour dates and ticket info below).
Abigail’s Party is one of Britain’s most celebrated comedies. First devised and directed in 1977, it developed in lengthy improvisations and opened in April 1977 at the Hampstead Theatre. A recording was arranged at the BBC as a Play for Today for the BBC and transmitted in November 1977.
Beverly and her husband Laurence are throwing a party for their newlywed neighbours, Tony and Angela. Joining them is highly strung Susan who’s been banished from the party of her teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome to 1970’s suburbia and its heady mix of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco and cheese and pineapple sticks.
As tensions rise and tempers flare the sheen of respectability is torn away by the warring couples with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences.
Joining Jodie as Beverly in Abigail’s Party are Vicky Binns as Angela, Calum Callaghan as Tony, Daniel Casey as Lawrence and Rose Keegan as Susan.
Vicky Binns has had long-running roles in Coronation Street, playing Molly Dobbs for five years, and Emmerdale as Ollie Reynolds for four years. Her theatre work includes The Winter’s Tale and To Kill a Mockingbird at Bolton Octagon and Lina Lamont in a recent tour of Singin’ in the Rain.
Daniel Casey is probably best known for playing Sergeant Troy in six series’ of Midsomer Murders. His theatre work includes Roger Shears in the award-winning West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Apollo Theatre the Gielgud. Calum Callaghan’s TV credits include: Black Mirror for Netflix, Mr Selfridge (ITV) and Our World War and Torchwood for BBC while Rose Keegan’s film and TV work includes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Match Point, The Mirror Crack’d and Gimme Gimme Gimme.
Jodie Prenger landed the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane after winning BBC 1’s I’d Do Anything. She won the 2010 Whatsonstage Theatregoer’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Recently, Jodie starred in the one-woman UK tour of Shirley Valentine, and has just finished playing the role of Kelly in the production of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends on its UK Tour with music written by Nick Lloyd Webber.
Jodie said, ‘Abigail’s Party is a true British classic and a real bucket list part for me. I’m thrilled to be involved in something so wonderful. I can’t wait to get started.’
UK tour dates and Box Office details:
Theatre Royal, Brighton
10 – 19 January 2019 0844 871 7615 / Click here to book online.
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
21 – 26 January 2019 0844 871 3011 / Click here to book online.
York Grand Opera House
28 January – 2 February 2019 0844 871 3024 / Click here to book online.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
4 – 9 February 2019 0844 871 7615 / Click here to book online.
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
11 – 16 February 2019 023 8067 1771 / Click here to book online.
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
18 – 23 February 2019 0844 871 7649 / Click here to book online.
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
25 February – 2 March 2019 0844 871 7645 / Click here to book online.
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
4 – 9 March 2019 01604 624811 / Click here to book online.
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
11 – 16 March 2019 01253 290 190 / Click here to book online.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
18 – 23 March 2019 0844 871 7607 / Click here to book online.
25 – 30 March 2019 0151 709 4776 / Click here to book online.
Orchard Theatre, Dartford
1 – 6 April 2019 01322 220000 / Click here to book online.
Manchester Opera House
8 – 13 April 2019 0844 871 3018 / Click here to book online.
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
15 – 20 April 2019 0131 529 6000 / Click here to book online.