From the team that brought you Abigail’s Party

In these extraordinary times, when a trip to the theatre has to be planned like a military operation, all the extra effort is worthwhile when the audience is rewarded with such an absolutely fantastic more here »
Paul Scott

The Sussex Newspaper

It takes a brave team to take on a work with this history but here the Sarah Mann Company have not only picked that battle but won more here »

Andrew Kay

Latest Brighton

Chapman’s props and Mann’s acting bestow one final benediction, one might almost say miracle at the play’s Apotheosis and Ariss and Moriarty’s direction of eye-travel is both comic and deeply more here »
Simon Jenner

Brighton Fringe

The Lady in the Van was an extremely strong start to the fringe and will definitely be one of the plays everyone will remember for its insightful take on friendships and acceptance,
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Sascha Cooper

Broadway Baby

This is a wonderful production of The Lady in the Van. It is a funny, acerbic and warm-hearted play performed by a cast who make the words shine on the stage.
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Simon Topping

Reviews Hub

Sarah Mann Company presents


Weds 26th – Sat 29 th May @ 7pm
Thursday & Saturday Matinees @ 2pm

Brighton Open Air Theatre, Dyke Road Park, Hove BN3 6EH

Tickets £15 & Conc. £13.50 Family: £45

07502 619633

Abigail’s Party 2020 press

“High class and supreme quality production” – The Sussex Newspaper
“A perfect way to spend a summer evening” The Argus

by Alan Bennett

A funny and poignant tale about the generosity of the human spirit, possibly.
“When Miss Shepherd drove her van into my garden in 1974 friends used to ask me if I
as planning to write a play about her. I wasn’t, but 25 years later I did.”- Alan Bennett.

She came for three months and stayed for fifteen years.

A mostly true story
Cast: Nathan Ariss, Nick Bartlett, Pip Henderson, Jack Kristiansen, Sarah Mann & Paul Moriarty

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