“A pitch perfect production” * * * * SUNDAY EXPRESS
After a triumphant West End run, Lindsay Posner’s acclaimed revival of one of the most popular plays ever written comes to Guildford.
Donna Summer is playing on the stereo. Dishes of cheese and pineapple are on the coffee table…the social get-together from hell is about to begin.
Beverly and estate agent husband Laurence, have invited round new neighbours, Tony and Ange and nervous divorcee Sue, twitchy about the party her fifteen year old daughter, Abigail, is throwing over the road. As Beverly plies the guests with alcohol, cigarettes, Demis Roussos and nibbles, this horribly compelling evening descends into drunkenness and debauchery. Comedy, drama and tragedy combine into an iconic piece of theatre.
Mike Leigh’s comedy became an instant classic when it first appeared as a BBC Play For Today in 1977, the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. It is a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste and ruled over by the monstrous Beverly!
Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s most influential theatre and film directors. His numerous awards have included Best Comedy award for the stage play Goose Pimples, a BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film for Life is Sweet, Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival for Naked, the Palme d’Or at Cannes for Secrets and Lies and an Oscar for Topsy Turvy.
Lindsay Posner recently directed the all-star revival of Noises Off at the Old Vic and Butley, A View from the Bridge and Fiddler on the Roof in the West End.
Read more about the show, in an interview with Hannah Waterman, by clicking here.
By Mike Leigh
Directed by Lindsay Posner
Cast includes Hannah Waterman, Martin Marquez, Samuel James, Katie Lightfoot, Emily Raymond.
“Lindsay Posner’s triumphant production. Brilliant, vintage Leigh” THE OBSERVER
“An excellent revival...as painful as ever” * * * * THE TIMES
“A cracking revival” * * * * FINANCIAL TIMES
“A night of continuous guilty pleasure...a superb production” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
“A very funny and splendidly performed production” * * * * MAIL ON SUNDAY
This show is sponsored by The Whiteley Clinic
Monday, March 25, 2013 - 19:45 to Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 20:00
Mon - Thur eve 7:45pm
Fri & Sat eve 8:00pm
Thur & Sat mats 2:30pm
Supper and Show tickets are available for all evening performances. Please call Box Office to book.