Lindsay Posner's Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Mike Leigh's 1977 play Abigail's Party, led by 2011 Whatsonstage.com Award winner Jill Halfpenny, started previews on 2 March prior to opening on Thursday (8 March 2012).

Halfpenny is joined in the cast by Andy Nyman as Laurence, Natalie Casey as Angela, Joe Absolom as Tony and Susannah Harker as Susan.

Set in 1970’s suburbia, Abigail's Party sees Beverly (Halfpenny) and her husband Laurence (Nyman) host a drinks party for their neighbours. There is plenty of alcohol, an array of cheese-pineapple savoury bites and olives, and Demis Roussos on the record player. As prejudices are unmasked and tempers flare, the evening can only end in disaster...

The Menier Chocolate Factory in conjunction with Theatre Royal Bath Productions have today released production images of Abigail's Party ahead of its opening night.

Following its limited season at the Menier Chocolate Factory, through to 21 April, the show will transfer to the Theatre Royal, Bath playing a one-week run from 23 to 28 April 2012.

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The cast of Abigail's Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore.


The cast of Abigail's Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore.


Jill Halfpenny & Joe Absolom in Abigail's Party. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore.


The cast of Abigail's Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore.


Natalie Casey, Andy Nyman & Susannah Harker in for Abigail's Party. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore.


Natalie Casey in Abigail's Party. Photo credit: Catherine Ashmore.