Sherlock star features in comedy at Oxford

Amanda Abbington stars in the 40th anniversary production of Mike Leigh's comedy Abigail's Party.

Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:23 am
Amanda Abbington in Abigail's Party

The show comes to the Oxford Playhouse from Monday to Saturday April 3 to 8.

Best known for playing Mary in the BBCs smash hit series Sherlock, the play is known for its ruthlessly accurate and painfully funny observation of the pretensions of suburbia is one of the most popular plays ever written.

It’s forty years since the appalling Beverly first put Donna Summer on the turntable, stacked a plate with little cheese and pineapple sticks, plied her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and Demis Roussos, and slow-danced her way across the shag-pile into theatrical history.

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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 reportedly gets out of hand, this one too descends into chaos, and comedy, drama and tragedy combine into theatre which has been loved for more than four decades.

Tickets for Abigail’s Party at Oxford Playhouse start at £15 and cost up to £32.50 and are available from the ticket office on 01865 305305 or book online at