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Preview: Abigail’s Party at Newcastle Northern Stage


Jack Bradfield, winner of the 2023 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director’s Award, will direct Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party.


Abigail’s Party

Newcastle Northern Stage

Friday 13 – Saturday 28 September 2024

A sparkling new production of Mike Leigh’s cult-classic comedy, Abigail’s Party, will premiere at Newcastle’s Northern Stage ahead of a national tour.

The show will be the mid-scale debut for director Jack Bradfield, winner of the 2023 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award. Jack’s new production promises a fresh version of this classic text which garnered cult-like status following the 1977 Play for Today televised version starring Alison Steadman.

Jack Bradfield - Photo: Steve Gregson

Jack is an award-winning playwright and director, currently Associate Director on Player Kings in the West End and has worked as an Assistant Director with the ITA-Ensemble in Amsterdam, The Old Vic, London, and on major productions in New York City. He is Artistic Director of Poltergeist (“One of the UK’s Best Young Companies” - Guardian).

This will be the party to end all parties and you’re all invited! The show transports us to 1977 where, self-appointed queen of suburbia Beverly is hosting a cocktail party for her neighbours. Next door, 15-year-old Abigail is throwing a party of her own. No one can stop talking about Abigail's party. Something must be done about Abigail’s party.

Jack said: "I'm thrilled to be reviving Abigail's Party, Mike Leigh's razor-sharp, savage, suburban comedy. At Northern Stage and on tour, we're going to light a fire under this classic and bring it bright and burning into 2024."

Natalie Ibu, Artistic Director Northern Stage said: “Mike Leigh’s iconic comedy rightly deserves its cult status. Jack’s vision brings it to life for audiences in 2024 with wit, humour and sprinkle of psychological drama – it will be spectacular. Jack is so committed to putting audiences at the centre of his work that people across the UK are in for a real treat.”

Abigail’s Party is a co-production between Northern Stage, Rose Theatre, Colchester Mercury Theatre and ETT and is supported by a grant from the Royal Theatrical Support Trust. Abigail’s Party will open at Northern Stage, Newcastle before touring to Mercury Theatre Colchester, Rose Theatre Kingston with more venues to be announced.


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Tickets are already on sale to members and on general sale from Tuesday 4 April.

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