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Producing Company: Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Chocolate Factory Productions

Further Information

Cast includes:
Hannah Waterman
Martin Marquez
Samuel James
Katie Lightfoot
Emily Raymond

Abigail's Party

By Mike Leigh
Directed by Lindsay Posner

After a triumphant West End run, Lindsay Posner’s acclaimed revival of Mike Leigh’s popular play transfers to the Playhouse.

Donna Summer is playing on the stereo. Dishes of cheese and pineapple are on the coffee table…the social get-together from hell is about to begin.

Beverly and Laurence have invited round new neighbours, Tony and Ange, and nervous divorcee Sue, who’s twitchy about the party her teenage daughter Abigail is throwing over the road. As Beverly plies the guests with alcohol, cigarettes, Demis Roussos and nibbles, this horribly compelling evening descends into drunkenness and debauchery. Comedy, drama and tragedy combine in this iconic piece of theatre, teeming with ruthlessly accurate observations of the pretentions of suburbia.

Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s most influential theatre and film directors. His numerous awards have included a BAFTA, a Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and an Oscar.

A night of continuous guilty pleasure...a superb production. Daily Telegraph

OPINION

This is the best production of the play I’ve seen, you can’t take your eyes off it from start to finish; brilliant performances, fantastic characters and an irresistible plot.

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Venue: Main Stage  |  Category: Drama Comedy  |  Running Time: : 2 hours (inc. interval)





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Audio Description

Audio description is a service for people with visual impairments. It is a live verbal commentary delivered during a performance, capturing the key visual elements such as actions and movements, gestures and facial expressions, sets, props and costumes. The description is relayed to the audience member through a lightweight headset which is supplied by the venue.

Touch Tours

At some performances a touch tour will be available before a performance. This means that before the performance the describer will visit the set with the service users, describe elements of the design and encourage them to touch surfaces, costumes and props so that they can understand the geography and nuances of the performance. Please phone Box Office to book free tickets for the touch tours.

Captioning

Is a service for people with hearing impairments of all kinds. The captioner uses a special stage text software. They convert the spoken word into text, which is displayed on a caption unit situated on or next to the stage. As the words are spoken or sung the captioner sends the specially formatted script to the display unit.

As well as dialogue, the captions also include the name of the character who is speaking or singing and descriptions of any sound effects. The difference between this and surtitling (for performances in another language) is that it is essential that all of the audible elements of the performance are communicated and the aim is that it be done with the same pace and style as the performances given as part of the production as a whole.

Captioning is also a useful tools for audience members who speak or are learning English as a second language.

'The captions helped me to understand some of the accents and was good practice for my reading skills'
Italian audience member

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