Abigail's Party - Stratford East

Abigail’s Party Tickets

Theatre Royal Stratford East, London
6 September 2024 - 5 October 2024
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About Abigail's Party

Stratford East presents a major revival of Mike Leigh’s hit comedy Abigail’s Party.

Directed by Stratford East artistic director Nadia Fall (Home, The Village Idiot), Mike Leigh’s tragicomic portrait of social class, materialism, and sexual tension in 1970s England is an unmissable modern classic. 

Abigail’s Party is playing at Stratford East from 6 September to 5 October 2024.

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What's the story of Abigail's Party?

Essex, 1977. Beverly is hosting, the alcohol is flowing, Tom Jones is on the record player and the cheese and pineapple cocktail sticks are ready to go. Queen of the castle in her suburban semi, Beverly and husband Laurence welcome new neighbours Angela and Tony round for drinks. Sue from next door is invited too but the real party is happening back at her place, as Sue’s teenage daughter Abigail can’t seem to keep the racket down. Awkward small talk quickly descends into inappropriate flirtation and marital disputes: a soiree from hell but it’d be rude to leave. 

Who are the creative team of Abigail's Party?

Written by Mike Leigh, directed by Nadia Fall

Designed by Peter McKintosh; Lighting Design by Howard Harrison; Sound Design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Show Information

Performance dates
6 September 2024 - 5 October 2024
Age restrictions
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

Important Notes

Access performances:

BSL interpreted – Thu 26 Sep, 7.30pm; Captioned – Fri 27 Sep, 7.30pm; Audio Described – Sat 28 Sep, 2.30pm; Relaxed environment  – Sat 21 Sep, 2.30pm

Venue Information

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN
Nearest Tube or Train: Stratford
Nearest Buses: 25, 69, 86, 97, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 339, 425, 473, D8, N8, N86

Ticket Information

Official London Theatre tickets for Abigail's Party at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London.  Book tickets to Abigail's Party at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London with WestEndTheatre.com. You will be purchasing official London theatre tickets from an authorised retailer and member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Abigail's Party is playing at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London
The age recommendations for Abigail's Party are: 12+
Yes, Abigail's Party has matinee performances on the following days: Saturday

News about Abigail's Party

Abigail’s Party revival set for Stratford East, plus wonder Boy, The Mountaintop, Ballet Black
Stratford East theatre in London has announced its new season for 2024, including a revival of Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party. Directed by Stratford East Artistic Director Nadia Fall, Abigail’s Party will run from 6 September to 5 October 2024, with casting to be announced. Mike Leigh’s 1977 tragicomic portrait of social class, materialism and sexual tension in 1970s England is a modern classic, which started at Hampstead Theatre and went on to become a much-loved movie starring Alison Steadman. The creative team for Abigail's Party will also include design by Peter McKintosh; Lighting design by Howard Harrison; and Sound design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite. In October, Stratford East will transfer the acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of Wonder Boy by Ross Willis, directed by Olivier Award-winner Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls), and produced by PW Productions (Spirited Away, The Woman in Black). Wonder Boy is a heart-warming and inspiring story about the power of communication, and will play from 15 to 19 October 2024. Ballet Black returns to Stratford East with a new double bill, Ballet Black – Heroes from 23 to 26 October 2024. This new Ballet Black double-bill sees award-winning choreographer Mthuthuzeli November contemplate the purpose of life in The Waiting Game, his work about the meaning of life, originally created in 2020, and infused with a dynamic soundtrack featuring the voices of the Ballet Black artists; plus Sophie Laplane's celebratory piece about heroism and self-acceptance, If At First. Also in October, the Leicester Curve and MAST Mayflower Studios present The Mountaintop by Katori Hall and directed by Nathan Powell. The Mountaintop tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s last night on this earth, and will run from 29 October to 02 November 2024 starring Ray Strasser-King and Justina Kehinde. Currently playing at Stratford East is Now, I See by Lanre Malaolu until 1 June 2024. This brand-new work explores the challenge of forgiving yourself for a lifetime of suppressed emotion, while celebrating the profound bond of brotherhood and the resilience that can be found in joy, and excavates and celebrates the truth of being a Black man in contemporary Britain. Coming up, further programming is announced for Stratford East's "Live At Stratford East" strand which is returning this July, on 19 July, headlined by Nina Conti. She’ll be joined by international comedy-pop duo Two Hearts (Taskmaster NZ), rising star Kemah Bob (QI, The Stand Up Sketch Show), and more. As already announced, the Stratford East Young Company will present we all know how this ends (25 – 27 July 2024) by Molly Taylor, directed by Katie Greenall. The cast features Ayomikun Omiteru, Ciara Amas, Dany Mutamba, Giorgia Valentino, Isla Pennell Swift, Lorraine Adeyefa, Maya Curtis, Reece Ford, Sofe Barker, Zainab Lawal. Nadia Fall, Stratford East Artistic Director, said in a statement: "This autumn I’ll be directing Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s dark comedy which takes a look behind the twitching curtains of 70s suburbia in all its camp and terrifying glory. I wonder if things are really all that different in the cul-de-sacs of today. We are also delighted to invite back our friends at Ballet Black with their new show Heroes, a double bill of new work comprising Mthuthuzeli November's contemplation on the meaning of life, The Waiting Game, and Sophie Laplane's celebratory piece about heroism and self-acceptance, If At First. Then Wonder Boy, a beautiful and heart-warming play written by the incredibly talented Ross Willis and directed by the Olivier Award-winning Sally Cookson. This story had me in bits and is certainly audacious and life-affirming. Next up is The Mountaintop by Katori Hall which exquisitely imagines an encounter between the extraordinary Martin Luther King Jr and a Memphis motel maid on the night before his assassination. This autumn is full of great and memorable characters you’ll certainly want to meet."

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