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Jodie Prenger to star in UK tour of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party

Jodie Prenger to star in UK tour of Mike Leigh's Abigail's PartyJodie Prenger leads the cast in Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s groundbreaking comedy classic which begins a major UK tour in Brighton on 10th January 2019 and tours until 20th April 2019 in Edinburgh.

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.

Jodie landed the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane after winning BBC 1’s I’d Do Anything. She won the 2010 Whatsonstage Theatregoer’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. She then went on to play The Lady of The Lake in the Spamalot UK tour and in the West End at the Playhouse Theatre, and Dolly in the National Theatre’s production of One Man Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. 2015 saw Jodie star in the title role of Calamity Jane on the UK No. 1 Tour followed by a Christmas run of Annie at the New Theatre, Oxford in the role of Miss Hannigan. In 2016, Jodie starred in a new UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s one-woman show Tell Me On A Sunday and in the autumn, Jodie reprised the role of Madame Thenardier in a special production of Les Miserables in Dubai Opera Theatre.

Jodie has guest presented for Elaine Paige and Paul O’Grady on many occasions with BBC Radio 2. Other BBC Radio 2 appearances include Wogan, co-hosting Going Out With Alan Carr, Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show, The Olivier Awards 2010 and Children in Need 2009 with Graham Norton.

Recently, Jodie starred in the one-woman UK tour of Shirley Valentine, and has just finished playing the role of Kelly in the production of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends on its UK Tour with music written by Nick Lloyd Webber.

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.

Theatre Royal, Brighton
10 – 19 January 2019 0844 871 7615 (On sale soon.)

Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
21 – 26 January 2019 0844 871 3011

York Grand Opera House
28 January – 2 February 2019 0844 871 3024

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
4 – 9 February 2019 0844 871 7615

Nuffield Southampton Theatres
11 – 16 February 2019 023 8067 1771

Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
18 – 23 February 2019 0844 871 7649

New Victoria Theatre, Woking
25 February – 2 March 2019 0844 871 7645

Royal & Derngate, Northampton
4 – 9 March 2019 01604 624811

Grand Theatre, Blackpool
11 – 16 March 2019 01253 290 190

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
18 – 23 March 2019 0844 871 7607

Liverpool Playhouse
25 – 30 March 2019 0151 709 4776

Orchard Theatre, Dartford
1 – 6 April 2019 01322 220000

Manchester Opera House
8 – 13 April 2019 0844 871 3018

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
15 – 20 April 2019 0131 529 6000


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