Blurb: Abigail’s Party is a play for stage and television written in 1977 by Mike Leigh. It is a suburban situation comedy of manners, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s.
Review: Finally, after many years of hearing about this play, I have mangaged to watch it. It is a brilliant dark comedy - well written and well-acted. Alison Steadman steals the show as the nasty Beverley, who continually manipulates those around her for her own ends. None of the characters in the play, especially those who are married to each other, seem to like one another - the atmosphere is uncomfortable from the start. I spent most of the play waiting for something to happen, the tension is there between the characters so you know something will kick off sooner or later, and when it does, it is almost comedic in its delivery whilst managing to be tragic too. A brilliant play.