Abigail’s Party Parties On April 9 at London’s Whitehall

News   Abigail’s Party Parties On April 9 at London’s Whitehall The Whitehall Theatre was, for a while, a museum of (Second World) warfare. A different sort of battle — the vicious social sort — is moving in there next month, with the arrival (April 9) of David Grindley's revival of Mike Leigh's play Abigail's Party.

Originally seen at the Hampstead Theatre in 1977 — and where it reopened in 2002, a quarter of a century later — Abigail's Party follows a ghastly upwardly-mobile group of people in deepest suburbia over the course of an evening, while the daughter of one of them throws a teenage party next door It is currently playing at the New Ambassador's. The play turned Alison Steadman (already established as an actress) into a star, and Elizabeth Berrington has achieved the seemingly impossible — taking a role entirely identified with another actress and triumphantly turned it into her own.