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Abigail's Party

By Mike Leigh A Wiltshire Creative, Derby Theatre, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Les Theatres de la Ville Luxembourg Production Age guidance 11+
30 October - 17 November 2018 Salisbury Playhouse Main House
Abigail's Party

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Made famous by the BBC Play for Today starring Alison Steadman, Abigail’s Party is an hilarious masterpiece of situation comedy. 

Beverly and husband Laurence are entertaining their newlywed neighbours. Joining them is twitchy divorcee Sue, banished from the party of her teenage daughter, Abigail. 

Over a stack of cheesy-pineapple sticks, small talk
and splashes of alcohol, the appalling hosts’ soiree soon descends into chaos. As the sniping begins, this delicious comedy cracks open social climbing suburbia to savagely funny effect. 

★★★★ ‘Melanie Gutteridge plays Bev with such pitch perfection that the character feels, finally, freed from Alison Steadman’s formidable legacy.’ The Guardian

★★★★ ‘The greatest appeal of Abigail’s Party is its comedy, and this is plentiful under Rintoul’s direction’

★★★★★ ‘A pitch-perfect revival. Relevant, deliriously funny and truly unmissable’  ActDrop

★★★★ ‘A bittersweet trip down memory lane’ LondonTheatre1

"Can't praise the performances too highly" Fine Times Recorder

"Cringingly brilliant" Salisbury Journal

Booking Details

Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm and Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2.15pm (from 30 Oct)

Tickets £27 - £12

Age guidance 11+

Post Show Talk - Wednesday 7 November at 7.30pm

Backstage Tour Saturday 17 November at 11am

Dementia Friendly Matinee - Saturday 17 November at 2.15pm

All performances will be Audio Described.

Please note: for security reasons, your bag may be searched when visiting Salisbury Playhouse.                            

Access Performances


BSL BSL Interpreted Performance - Tuesday 13 November at 7.30pm

Captioned Performance Captioned Performance - Wednesday 14 November at 7.30pm

Audio Described All performances will be Audio Described

  There will be a Touch Tour on Thursday 15 November at 2.15pm & 7.30pm
 (a live narrator describes the action on stage between the dialogue, via headphones)
Touch Tours (accompanying audio described performances, designed for blind or partially sighted audience members) the touch tours will start 90 minutes before the performance time.


Dementia Friendly Matinee Saturday 17 November at 2.15pm
This performance is carefully tailored for people with dementia and their families or carers so that everyone can enjoy the wonder of theatre in an environment that is comfortable and supportive. 
We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding familiarisation visits, wheelchair access and disabled parking, all you need to do is email


Cast & Creatives

AP cast

Director Douglas Rintoul

Designer Lee Newby

Sound Designer Ivan Stott

Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr