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After Electra

OPEN 28/01/2022 - 05/02/2022

Venue Name: Abbey Theatre Studio, Abbey Theatre. Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2DL

Venue Postcode: AL12DL


Credits: April De Angelis

Box Office phone number: 01727857861

Societies: Company of Ten at Abbey Theatre

‘A funny and brutally honest discussion of life, ageing and death’

‘Why are we all so hung up about death?’ asks Virgie in the excellent black comedy, After Electra, coming to the Abbey Theatre this month.

Virgie’s family has gathered at her coastal residence for her birthday celebrations, when she confronts them with a shocking decision. This eclectic mix of characters react in various ways, sometimes shocking, often hilarious. Dealing with themes of suicide and self-determination, prize-winning playwright, April De Angelis, confronts our expectations of what women and, in particular, older women, can and should do.

Director, Abbe Waghorn, who led the excellent cast of the Company of Ten’s recent production of Private Lives, says, ‘Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s I saw women on television portrayed as either ‘dolly bird’ secretaries or love-sick spinsters. They were exhausted, nagging wives and mothers in law, or else prostitutes helping the police with their enquiries, but never inspiring, successful women. It was as if creative, powerful women didn’t exist.’

This is a play with many themes, but centrally it is about the choices a woman might have to make between career and motherhood. Surrounded by her more conventional, younger family, Virgie, an artist, reminds us of the free-spirited 1960s.

Abbe Waghorn says, ‘April De Angelis knows that many women will relate to Virgie and that not every woman is cut out for the role of motherhood. In After Electra, we see a dramatic depiction of one woman’s life-long struggle between that and her career. The play explores the relationships between a heart-broken, frustrated and unfulfilled mother and her emotionally deprived children.’

Provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, After Electra is both shocking and inspirational.

Contains strong language and adult themes.

The Abbey Theatre has worked hard to ensure that it is a Covid-safe environment and has been awarded a ‘See it Safely’ mark in recognition of its efforts. 

Performances take place in the Abbey Theatre Studio from Friday 28 Jan – Saturday 5 Feb 2022 at 8pm, with a matinee on Sunday 30 Jan at 2.30pm. To book tickets please go to or call the box office on 01727 857861.



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