Abigail’s Party at the Wyndham’s Theatre
Lindsay Posner’s Production Starring Jill Halfpenny Set to Transfer to the West End from the Menier Chocolate Factory
Earlier in the week it was revealed that “The King’s Speech” would be closing its doors at the Wyndham’s Theatre two months early in May 2012, with “Abigail’s Party” replacing it at the venue following a transfer from its current home of the Menier Chocolate Factory. Further details of the show follow, with Jill Halfpenny set to continue in the role of Beverly alongside the cast of Joe Absolom, Natalie Casey, Susannah Harker and Andy Nyman.
“Abigail’s Party” is set in 1970s Suburbia, where Susan meets with Beverly and Laurence for the latter’s party (Abigail is the daughter of Susan, who is having her own party at home). Beverly and Laurence have also invited other neighbours, Angela and Tony, for their get-together and as the evening moves forwards they all become embroiled in tension and awkwardness as the party takes a disastrous turn. Prejudices come up, as well as obsessions and bad tempers. It all culminates, as the alcohol levels get lower and lower, with a shocking and memorable conclusion.
Lindsay Posner is a respected theatre director who has been behind a wealth of shows over the years, many of which have been highly regarded and, in the case of “Death and the Maiden” at the Royal Court Theatre, earned Laurence Olivier Awards. His credits include the likes of “Noises Off” at the Old Vic Theatre, “Butley” at the Duchess Theatre, “Carousel” at the Savoy Theatre, “Three Sisters” at the Hampstead Theatre, “A View from the Bridge” at the Duke of York’s Theatre and “Fool for Love” at the Apollo Theatre. His career goes back to the 1980s when he was the Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre.
Jill Halfpenny, meanwhile, has numerous credits from television’s “Waterloo Road” to the Savoy Theatre’s “Legally Blonde the Musical”. Meanwhile, Andy Nyman is best known to London theatre audiences for his recent production of “Ghost Stories” at the Duke of York’s Theatre, which he created with “The League of Gentlemen” writer Jeremy Dyson.
“Abigail’s Party” recently completed its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory and runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre from Friday 18th May 2012 (previews from Tuesday 15th May 2012) to Saturday 1st September 2012.