A woman in red holds a glass of alcohol, she sits next to another who looks less glamourous


Tue 21 - Sat 25 March 2023
Tickets £20-£35 *

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It was 1977, the year of skin-tight polyester, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and Saturday Night Fever.  The Sex Pistols were storming up the charts, skateboarding was the latest craze and Angela Rippon danced with Morecambe and Wise.

And at Hampstead Theatre in London, Mike Leigh and his cast were putting the finishing touches to Abigail’s Party, ferocious black comedy and landmark of twentieth century theatre.

In her suburban living room, Beverly prepares for the arrival of her guests.  She and husband Laurence will play host to neighbours Angela, Tony and Sue.  As the alcohol flows and the nibbles are handed around, Mike Leigh’s ruthless, achingly funny examination of 1970s British life begins…

Abigail’s Party premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 1977, with the role of Beverly being immortalised by Alison Steadman. A record sixteen million people watched its broadcast as Play for Today, underlining its status as a true modern classic and national treasure.

Running Time

Approx 2 hours 10 minutes, including an interval

General Guidance

Show contains strong language and onstage smoking of herbal cigarettes

Age Guidance



Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm
and Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm: £20/£25/£30/£35 *

* All ticket prices include a £3 per ticket booking fee

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  • Beverly, a woman in a red dress, sits next to Angela on a sofa, she holds a cigarette.
  • Beverly and Abigail are sitting aside each other on a sofa, Laurence is leaning over in between them to speak
  • Beverly dances with her arms above her head, lost in music
  • Tony and Laurence are speaking, both holding drinks in their hands
  • Beverly and Tony flirt, standing behind the sofa. Laurence, Angela and Susan sit in on the sofa looking unhappy
  • Susan, a woman who looks very uncomfortable, sits on a sofa in a shirt and waistcoat



  • 'Long-time fans of Abigail's Party will be delighted by this clever and faithful production... a thoroughly enjoyable and truly affecting night out'

  • 'Galvanising reappraisal of Mike Leigh’s modern classic'

  • 'Director Michael Cabot brings together comedy, tempers, and strong sexual tension to the stage through the excellent cast of five'