Producing Company: Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Chocolate Factory Productions
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
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.
Venue: Main Stage | Category: Drama Comedy | Running Time: : 2 hours (inc. interval)