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Mike Leigh on Abigail's Party 'albatross'


Thirty-five years after it was first performed, Mike Leigh's play Abigail's Party is as popular as ever, with a successful revival set to transfer to the West End.

Speaking to Today presenter Justin Webb, the director and playwright said that the play's themes - such as materialism and the strain of relationships - are "as relevant now as they ever were".

But he would be "horrified" if anybody suggested it was the most important piece of work he ever made, he adds.

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