#44 ABIGAIL'S PARTY

MIKE LEIGH

[EN] Be prepared to enter seventies Britain with Donna Summer’s music top of the hit parade and adults behaving disgracefully in Mike Leigh’s hilarious masterpiece of situation comedy, Abigail’s Party. Leigh insists that it was never his intention to write a reflection of the “state of the nation”, but rather the play came from an intuitive sense of the spirit of the times, and from a growing personal fear of, and frustration with, the suburban existence.

Beverly and husband Laurence are entertaining their newly wed neighbours. Joining them is twitchy divorcee Sue, banished from the party of her teenage daughter. Over a stack of cheesy-pineapple sticks, small talk and splashes of alcohol, the appalling host’s soiree soon descends into chaos. As the sniping begins, this delicious comedy cracks open social climbing suburbia to savagely funny effect.

Director Douglas Rintoul’s outstanding productions, Design for Living, Closer, Invisible, As You Like It and his 2017 production, The Crucible have in the past enthralled Luxembourg audiences. For this original but faithful look at an iconic classic he's collaborating with the brilliant production designer Lee Newby, fresh from his West End hit, Labour of Love. Abigail’s Party is a co-production with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

» Revival proves the original's timeless power [...]. Melanie Gutteridge plays Bev with such pitch perfection that the character feels, finally, freed from Alison Steadman’s formidable legacy. The Guardian, Arifa Akbar

» In Douglas Rintoul’s gripping production, the escalating horror and disbelief at unfolding events is built with careful precision. It’s punctuated with stage directions projected onto the set, a device which works not only to set the scene, but to give pin-sharp character summaries as key figures enter the action. [...] The Crucible remains just as relevant, and just as shocking today – just as Miller suspected it would. Whatsonstage, Jane Kemp on The Crucible

» Douglas Rintoul succeeds in creating a stunning diversity of atmospheres [...]. D’Lëtzebuerger Land, Janine Goedert on Invisible

[DIS]

Cast
Liam Bergin, Amy Downham, Susie Emmett, Melanie Gutteridge, Christopher Staines

Director Douglas Rintoul 
Set and Costume Designer Lee Newby
Sound Designer Ivan Stott
Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr
Casting Director Matthew Dewsbury
Casting Assistant Tom Hurley

Co-production Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative & Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Mardi 27 NOVEMBRE 2018 à 20h00 (tickets)
Mercredi 28 NOVEMBRE 2018 à 20h00 (tickets)
Jeudi 29 NOVEMBRE 2018 à 20h00 (tickets)

  DURÉE environ 1h50 & entracte Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert at 7.30pm before every performance (in English).

Adultes 20 € / Jeunes 8 € / Kulturpass bienvenu

Lieu: Grand Théâtre / Studio

[TICKETS]2018-11-27 20:00:00 25409+2018-11-28 20:00:00 25410+2018-11-29 20:00:00 25411

Abigail's Party trailer - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative, Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg from Queen's Theatre Hornchurch on Vimeo.