Casting announced for Abigail's Party

Monday 23 July 2018

Casting - Off-West End

The Queen's Theatre Hornchurch has announced casting for its homecoming revival of cult classic Abigail's Party, which plays at the theatre from 30 August to 22 September 2018.
AbigailŐs Party at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Image: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Coming home to its Essex roots, Mike Leigh's cult classic Abigail's Party will be at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch for a run from 30 August to 22 September 2018.

The Queen's Theatre's artistic director, Douglas Rintoul, will be at the directorial helm for the production, and the full cast has now been announced.

Playing the aspirational hostess, Beverley, is Melanie Gutteridge, best known for her roles as PC Emma Keane in The Bill and Amy in Not Going Out.

Her recent credits include the British-American horror film The Watcher in the Woods (directed by Melissa Joan Hart) and on stage in Roaring Trade at the Park Theatre.

Ms Gutteridge will be joined by Liam Bergin (Danny Mitchell in EastEnders), Amy Downham (Jen Gilmore in Hollyoaks), Susie Emmett (she performed opposite Richard E Grant in the film The Man Who Married Himself) and Christopher Staines (Hamlet, National Theatre) as Laurence.

Abigail's Party was made famous by the BBC Play for Today starring Alison Steadman as Beverley, the drinks party hostess from hell!

The Queen's Theatre's version is co-produced with Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

If you've not yet had the pleasure of seeing Abigial's Party, it really is excruciatingly funny, unmissable theatre.

Our reviewer, Peter Brown, last wrote about the play back in 2012 when it played at Wyndham's Theatre (read his review of that version here).

Peter is looking forward with eager anticipation to reviewing the Queen's Theatre's homecoming revival in its native Essex.

And running alongside Abigail's Party is a new play which offers a contemporary response to the 1970's classic.

Entitled 'Abi', the play is part of Derby Theatre's RETOLD series and is written by one of Britain's most exciting new writers, Atiha Sen Gupta (Skins, Holby City).

RETOLD is a series of new one-woman plays commissioned by Derby Theatre.

It stars Safiyya Ingar (LAVA, Nottingham Playhouse; Growth UK Tour, Paines Plough) and is directed by Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre's Artistic Director.

Abi runs at the Queen's Theatre from 4 - 22 September and discounts are available for theatregoers who purchase tickets for Abigail's Party and Abi together, or Abi and a Jump the Q season ticket - tickets can be booked here.


Beverly and husband Laurence are entertaining their newlywed 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.

Set in seventies Romford, with Donna Summer top of the hit parade and adults behaving disgracefully, join us for a great night out at the drinks party from hell!

Made famous by the BBC 'Play for Today' starring Alison Steadman, this fresh but faithful look at an iconic classic is directed by Douglas Rintoul (Made in Dagenham, The Crucible, Rope).


Liam Bergin - Tony

Amy Downham - Angela

Susie Emmett - Susan

Melanie Gutteridge - Beverly

Christopher Staines - Laurence


Author: Mike Leigh
Director: Douglas Rintoul
Designer: Lee Newby
Lighting: Zoe Spurr
Sound: Ivan Stott
Fight director: Bethan Clark of RC-Annie Ltd
Production: A Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg production


Queen's Theatre (Hornchurch)
Billet Lane
RM11 1QT


From: Thursday 30 August 2018

Closed: Saturday 22 September 2018


Previews: £12.50, £17, £19.50


Tue - Thu: £19, £23.50, £27

Fri & Sat: £21.50, £26, £29


£8 tickets are available for Under 26s (Tue - Thu & previews only)

Jump the Q season ticket for 3 shows at £45 (£15 per show)


Show website
ActDrop full listing for Abigail's Party

Abigail's Party - Wikpedia

Mike Leigh

ActDrop listing for Abi

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