It’s 1977 and you’re invited to a party… Abigail’s Party - Titchfield Festival Theatre
Posted: 9th September 2019
It’s 1977 and you’re invited to a party… Abigail’s Party
The 1970s: a period remembered for its lurid wallpaper, questionable taste in clothing, increasing consumerism and political and economic uncertainty. It also gave us one of the most popular stage and TV shows of the decade: Abigail’s Party.
This September, Titchfield Festival Theatre is delighted to start its exciting new season by welcoming this timeless classic to the Oak Theatre stage.
Abigail’s Party is a classic comedy of manners. What starts as an innocent small party to greet new neighbours in a respectable middle class neighbourhood quickly degenerates into a slanging match with disastrous consequences.
Richard Hackett is the director of Abigail’s Party, and this is a culmination of a 40 year ambition having first watched it on TV in 1978. Richard said, “I have always admired the work of Mike Leigh who wrote Abigail’s Party. Over the years Leigh has been a real inspiration to me, someone that I consider to be a role model. I am therefore immensely proud to direct this play.
Richard continued, “Abigail’s Party remains popular for many reasons – not least because the jokes are still very funny! All of the characters are almost equally awful which makes for an entertaining piece of theatre.
“Casting for the play has been actually quite difficult because we have such an amazing talented group of actors now here at Titchfield that I could have cast the various roles five times over. We have set the play firmly in the 1970s, with period music, decoration and clothing. It promises to be great fun and I am sure our patrons will enjoy it.”
Abigail’s Party opens on Wednesday 11th September until Saturday 21st September 2019 at 7.30pm in the Oak Theatre, Titchfield Festival Theatre, St Margarets Lane, Titchfield PO14 4BG. Sunday matinee on 15th September at 2.30pm.
For more information, please go to http://titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com/or contact our Box Office on 01329 556156.