‘Fancy a little top up?’ The homecoming revival of Mike Leigh’s timeless comedy Abigail’s Party has received plenty of wonderful praise since it opened at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch earlier this month. Critics and audiences have enjoyed their trip down memory lane, complete with gin and tonics and cheesy-pineapple ones all round!

Co-produced with Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, ActDrop applauded the production with five stars and described the show as ‘Excruciatingly funny and truly unmissable’. 

Another four star review came from The Guardian who commended the performances as ‘cringing brilliance’, stating ‘Melanie Gutteridge plays Bev with such pitch perfection that the character feels, finally, freed from Alison Steadman’s formidable legacy.’

Broadwaybaby also awarded the production with four stars and said ‘Leigh coined the phrase ‘theoretical Romford’ to describe the play’s location, so where better to see in than in the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’.

Here’s what other critics have been saying:

★★★★ The greatest appeal of Abigail’s Party is its comedy, and this is plentiful under Rintoul’s direction’  BritishTheatre.com

★★★★ ‘Classic comedy of suburban manners’ Remote Goat

★★★★ ‘A lively and dynamic production’ LondonTheatre1

★★★★ ‘Slick and sharpTimeFM

UniqueA Younger Theatre

Lee Newby’s lavish set captures the questionable aesthetics of the era down to the last detail’ The Stage

‘A lively revival’ thespyinthestalls

‘Brutally funny’ There Ought to be Clowns

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this productionHornchurch Life

‘A very enjoyable evening’ TheatreLife

Marvellous revivalBrentwood Gazette


‘A show worth seeing’ Polka-dot pages

‘Great writing, direction and a top cast’ Bedrock FM

Abigail’s Party runs at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch until Saturday 22 September. The production will then tour to Derby Theatre (26 September – 20 October), Salisbury Playhouse (30 October – 17 November) and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (27 – 29 November).

For more information about the show call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or click here 

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