Alice De-Warrenne stars in London Classic Theatre’s UK tour of Mike Leigh’s classic comedy, Abigail’s Party.
Michael Cabot, the founder and artistic director of London Classic Theatre, directs Rebecca Birch (Beverly), Jo Castleton (Susan), Alice De-Warrenne (Angela), George Readshaw (Tony) and Tom Richardson (Laurence).
London Classic theatre’s new tour opens at Theatre Royal, Winchester on 1 March 2023, with recently confirmed dates at Cambridge Arts Centre from 21 – 25 March before touring to a further nineteen venues across the country, concluding in Wales at Venue Cymru on 15 July. Full tour listings and ticket information can be found here.
You’re starring in Abigail’s Party, how would you describe this production of the cult classic?
It’s a brilliant piece of writing that gives a glimpse into life in an average living room in 1970s England. It’s awkward, it’s funny and a times a bit heart-breaking too.
Why do you think the play has remained so popular for so long?
As typical of Mike Leigh’s writing he’s created five interesting, flawed and three-dimensional characters who are just fascinating to watch. Even though it was written and set in the 1970s, I think everyone can relate to awkwardly being a guest at someone’s house where the hosts are constantly bickering!
You’re playing Angela, tell us a little more about the character and what you are enjoying most with the role?
Angela is a fantastic character to play because she’s quite tactless and just says whatever pops into her head. That often makes the other guests uncomfortable, but Angela doesn’t seem to notice. She’s also very sweet, caring and wants to please everyone – even if she doesn’t quite have the social skills to do so!
And what are you finding most challenging?
Well Angela’s got a whole other side to her. She works as a nurse and she’ll often switch into ‘nurse mode’ and suddenly takes control of a situation, despite having been very laid back until that moment. This contrast is tricky and something I hope I can portray well.
What’s it been like working with director, Michael Cabot?
I’ve loved working with Michael so far. The first couple of days were spent really getting to know our characters and Michael encouraged us to find what makes each of them tick. I think this is LCT’s 45th show so it’s been so great to be directed by someone with such a wealth of experience.
What would you say to anyone thinking of booking to see Abigail’s Party?
I’d say do it! From our first read through as a cast I realised what a talented, funny group of people I’m getting to work with and I think this production is going to be really special. We could all do with a laugh at the moment so why not come along, support your local theatre and enjoy yourself.