Abigail’s Party at Manchester Opera House

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
abigails party manchester
Image courtesy of Manchester Opera House

Abigail's Party at Manchester Opera House, City Centre, 8–13 April 2019, from £13.00 - Book now

The iconic and most-lauded 1970’s comedy Abigail’s Party, devised by Mike Leigh, comes to Manchester Opera House this spring. This celebrated comedy of manners first premiered in London in 1977. Now, over forty years later, the party is still going strong for this warm, laughter-filled suburban situation satire.

Star of stage and TV, Jodie Prenger leads the cast as the overbearing hostess, Beverly. Together with her husband Laurence, played by Daniel Casey, Beverly throws a dinner party for her newly married neighbours Angela and Tony. Beverly also invites her divorced neighbour Sue, whose teenage daughter, Abigail is holding a party at home.

Immerse yourself in the 1970s. Cheese and pineapple sticks and spider plants; chintzy wallpaper and cocktail cabinets.

As the booze flows, tensions boil and tempers alight. Until the curtain of respectability falls with hilarious though potentially catastrophic consequences.

Mike Leigh started out as a theatre director and playwright in the 1960’s and Abigail’s Party is considered one of his most revered works. When Abigail’s Party was devised, Leigh’s way of working was viewed as different from many other theatre-makers. Instead of presenting his actors with a script, Leigh used the rehearsal space and the actors as his medium and inspiration. Abigail’s Party was created through improvisations during which Leigh explored the characters with the performers. This organic, character-based work allowed for evolution and depth, as Leigh and his actors worked together to create authentic and fully realised personalities. The finished work is never planned beforehand.

Running at two hours and twenty minutes, Leigh’s ground-breaking Abigail’s Party is one of Britain’s most popular comedies. Boasting rave reviews, this acclaimed touring production is not to be missed.

Abigail's Party at Manchester Opera House, City Centre

8–13 April 2019
From £13.00

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Music Until 16 February 2023, from £9.50

Donna Candy at SOUP

vegan super club
Activity Until 17 February 2023, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Exhibitions Until 18 February 2023, FREE

The Confessional at HOME

PUSH Festival 2023 at HOME
Festivals Until 18 February 2023,

PUSH Festival 2023 at HOME

The Singing Mermaid at Waterside
Families Until 19 February 2023, from £14.00

The Singing Mermaid at Waterside CANCELLED

Activity Until 25 February 2023, from £13

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Tour

Fairy Tales at Z-Arts
Families Until 26 February 2023, from £3.00

Fairy Tales at Z-arts

Activity Until 6 March 2023, from £6.00

Shake it off: Music Video Dance Class with Girl Gang

Exhibitions Until 6 March 2023, FREE

Screen Time at KERB

The Lion King at the Palace Theatre
Families Until 11 March 2023, from £20.00

The Lion King at the Palace Theatre

OUTDOOR ART CLUB AT THE WHITWORTH
Childrens Until 18 March 2023, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

Activity Until 22 March 2023, FREE

Guided Tours at People’s History Museum