NVAP screening of Abigail's Party

This free screening is a part of the weekend programme: Re:Play – Celebrating 30 Years of the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP)

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NVAP screening of Abigail's Party photo

Join us for a free screening of Abigail’s Party, written by Mike Leigh. This production was directed by Lindsay Posner and recorded live by the V&A at Wyndham’s Theatre in July 2012. The enduring play analyses notions of the English class and society through a suburban drinks party, revealing the complex relationships between neighbours, within families, and across society. There will be 1 interval, around 15 minutes. All screenings are drop in and are on a first come, first served basis. Please be advised, screenings may contain explicit language and content. Our full list of NVAP recordings can be found on the Archives page.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances, with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to learn about significant performances and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would have been lost. When V&A’s Stratford storehouse opens in 2024, the recordings will be available to the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Background image: NVAP still from ‘Abigail’s Party’, 2012, directed by Lindsay Posner © Victoria and Albert Museum, London