Images released of Amanda Abbingdon in Abigail’s Party UK Tour

Theatre Royal Bath Productions has today released production photography of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party starring Amanda Abbington and directed by Sarah Esdaile. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic comedy, the production opened at Theatre Royal Bath and has its official opening night for press on Thursday 6 April at Oxford Playhouse before continuing on its UK Tour and to London’s West End.

Sherlock star Amanda Abbington will play Beverly. Ms Abbington will be joined by Ben Caplan as Laurence, Rose Keegan as Susan, Charlotte Mills as Angela and Ciarán Owens as Tony.

The drinks party from hell begins when Beverly and estate agent husband Laurence invite round new neighbours, Tony and Ange, along with nervous divorcee Sue, jittery about the bash her teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing up the road. As that party gets out of hand, this one too descends into chaos.

Amanda Abbington is best known for her television work, with recent roles including ‘Mary Morstan’ in Sherlock, ‘Miss Mardle’ in Mr Selfridge and ‘DS Jo Moffat’ in Cuffs.

Ben Caplan most recently starred in Hedda Gabler (Salisbury Playhouse) and as Eddie Kassner in Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre). He is also known for his role as PC Peter Noakes in the first five series of BBC’s Call The Midwife.

Rose Keegan’s stage credits include Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce (Aldwych Theatre) and The Revengers’ Comedies (Strand Theatre), Cunegonde in Candide and Peterchen in Sugardollies (Gate Theatre).

Charlotte Mills played Tanya in the original production of Jerusalem at the Royal Court, then at the Apollo Theatre West End and The Music Box Theatre on Broadway. Other recent credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare’s Globe and The Winter’s Tale at the RSC.

Ciarán Owens’ theatre work includes Candide, Titus Andronicus and Mad World My Masters for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Oh! What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Sarah Esdaile directed Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads for Theatre Royal Bath’s 2015 Summer Season. She was Associate Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse where productions included Deep Blue Sea starring Maxine Peake, Death of a Salesman with Philip Jackson and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Abigail’s Party
By Mike Leigh
Directed by Sarah Esdaile

UK tour dates

Norwich Theatre Royal
Monday 27 March – Saturday 1 April
Box Office: 01603 630000
Performance schedule: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Oxford Playhouse
Monday 3 April – Saturday 8 April
Box Office: 01865 305305
Performance schedule: Mon – Thu & Sat 7.30pm, Fri 8pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Press night: Tuesday 4 April, 7pm

Cambridge Arts Theatre
Monday 10 April – Saturday 15 April
Box Office: 01223 503333
Performance schedule: Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm

Malvern Theatres
Monday 17 April – Saturday 22 April
Box Office: 01684 892277
Performance schedule: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Richmond Theatre
Monday 24 April – Saturday 29 April
Box Office: 0844 871 7651
Performance schedule: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm

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