Amanda Abbington is bringing back Abigail's Party

Rianne Houghton
Photo credit: Nobby Clark

From Digital Spy

Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party is returning to the stage to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and Sherlock's Amanda Abbington is set to star.

The classic comedy will open its production at Theatre Royal Bath on April 6, before continuing on its UK tour and heading to London's West End.

Abbington will take on the role of Beverly, alongside a cast of Call the Midwife's Ben Caplan, Rose Keegan, Charlotte Mills and Ciarán Owens.

Sarah Esdaile, who's worked on the likes of Death of a Salesman and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, will be directing the '70s satirical comedy.

Photo credit: Nobby Clark

Related: Amanda Abbington has spoken about why she and Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman decided to split up

Amanda, along with Martin Freeman, sent shockwaves amongst Sherlock fans earlier this year when it was revealed that the pair had split after 16 years together.

Opening up about the fact that John and Mary Watson were no more in a recent interview, Martin confirmed that they were still "very friendly". "It's all lovely and cool", he added.

"I love Amanda's work. I think she's brilliant as an actor and she's brilliant as a woman and, yes, I love her," he went on to say.

"I will always love Amanda, but, yes, we're... you know, that's what's happened. It's just one of those things. It happens, doesn't it? But we're cool."

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