Jodie Prenger leads the cast in Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s groundbreaking comedy classic began its major tour in January 2019 and the show will be at The Orchard Theatre from Monday 1 – Saturday 6 April 2019.

Abigail’s Party was first devised and directed in 1977 by Mike Leigh  It developed in lengthy improvisations and opened in April 1977 at the Hampstead Theatre. A recording was arranged at the BBC as a Play for Today for the BBC and transmitted in November 1977.

Beverly and her husband Laurence are throwing a party for their newlywed neighbours, Tony and Angela.  Joining them is highly strung Susan who’s been banished from the party of her teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome to 1970’s suburbia and its heady mix of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco and cheese and pineapple sticks. As tensions rise and tempers flare the sheen of respectability is torn away by the warring couples with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences. 

Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party is one of Britain’s most celebrated comedies and was described by The Guardian as ‘One of the greatest plays about the human condition ever written.’

Jodie Prenger said: ‘Abigail’s Party is a true British classic and a real bucket list part for me. I’m thrilled to be involved in something so wonderful.  Can’t wait to get started.’

Abigail’s Party is a co-production between ATG Productions and Smith and Brant Theatricals by arrangement with Theatre Royal Bath, directed by Sarah Esdaile.

Pre-show dining is also available before the show. The Orchard Theatre’s Restaurant provides a delicious range of,unique and memorable dishes, using the freshest local produce and prepared daily by the Head Chef.  Reserve your table when booking your show tickets….”fancy a little drink, Tone?’

To book tickets or for more information visit or call the Ticket Office on 01322 220000.