Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
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Overview

Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star in Edward Albee’s acclaimed play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as a new production directed by James Macdonald has returned to London’s West End to play at the Harold Pinter Theatre, February 2017.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is set on an American college campus during the early hours of the morning, where Martha has invited the newly appointed professor Nick and his wife Honey, back to theirs for some late night drinks, much to her husband George’s dislike.

Throughout the play the alcohol continues to keep flowing and as the dawn begins to break, the young pair are pulled into Martha and George’s poisonous games until the night builds to a peak of shocking truths.

Imelda Staunton stars as Martha. Staunton is a legend of stage and screen, most recently being lauded for her role in the smash-hit West End show Gypsy. She has been nominated for eleven Olivier Awards and won four, including three Best Actress wins for Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy, as well as a Best Supporting Performance win for A Chorus of Disapproval. Staunton has also received great acclaim for her screen roles, including winning a BAFTA Award for Vera Drake, and various other nominations including Nanny McPhee and Return To Cranford.

Staunton is joined by Conleth Hill as George. He is best known for his role as Varys in the hugely popular American TV show Game of Thrones, however is a stage regular in both London and Belfast, having starred in many popular recent productions such as Quartermaine's Terms, The Cherry Orchard and Democracy.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf was written by the acclaimed American playwright Edward Albee, who’s work also includes A Delicate Balance, The Sandbox and The Zoo Story. When it was first performed in 1963, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won both the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and the Tony Award for Best Play. Shortly after a classic film adaptation was released in 1966, staring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

This new version is directed by British director James Macdonald, who is known for his prolific career working with contemporary writers as well as his period as associate and deputy director of The Royal Court from 1992-2006. He has recently worked on Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone and Bakkhai at the Almeida Theatre.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? arrived in London’s West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre, with performances having began on 22nd February and ran until 27th May.

Recommended for

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is highly recommended for anyone who has never seen Edward Albee’s great work performed before. With Imelda Staunton leading the cast, it is due to be one of the highlights of 2017. The legendary West End star is known for her unmissable performances and those who saw her most recently in her Olivier Award-winning role in Gypsy should definitely make sure to see her once again in this new show.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours (including interval)
Opened: 22 Feb 2017
Press night: 09 Mar 2016
Booking from: 01 Jun 2017
Booking until: 27 May 2017

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

127 Reviews Add review

What an absolute masterclass in acting. Having been a fan of the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton I had high ho... More

joc78 5"4, 197 reviews, 2 helpful votes

What an absolute masterclass in acting. Having been a fan of the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton I had high hopes for this production and it didn’t disappoint! Running at 3 hour 10 mins long, the cast of Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots were outstanding. The emotions I felt ranged from joy to despair, laughter to anger, happiness to anguish – I was on the edge of my seat for most of this and it was a testament to Albee’s wonderful writing and the four actors on stage. I was exhausted at the end of the production as I’d been on an emotional rollercoaster– worth five stars in my opinion purely for the acting alone. Go see!

joc78 5"4, 197 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Very interested to see what people have to say about Who's Afraid. Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill both give stellar performances... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Very interested to see what people have to say about Who's Afraid. Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill both give stellar performances, and Imogen Poots is incredibly endearing as Honey, which is a role that could seem very wet and sappy. Luke Treadaway is very wooden on stage, which was disappointing. Albee's play is the perfect opportunity for a star vehicle (which is what I suspect happened here), but the play itself seems a little irrelevant and dated. The set design is brilliant, but the direction is too static and at 3 hours long, the entire middle section feels a little tedious. Needs a little more punch behind it, but as this was only the third preview I'm sure it will pick up. There's room for it to be a bit fresher!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 3 helpful votes

A chilling social commentary, that is carried by a phenomenal cast. They all deserve the glowing reviews they've received, and mor... More

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A chilling social commentary, that is carried by a phenomenal cast. They all deserve the glowing reviews they've received, and more. All four of them deliver such stunning performances, and the chemistry between each of them is so fantastic. You feel like a voyeur looking in on the two couples' drama, and the intensity of their performance takes you on a thrilling ride.

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Once again, Imelda Staunton stole the show! I'd never seen or read 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' I only knew it was an iconic ... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 100 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Once again, Imelda Staunton stole the show! I'd never seen or read 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' I only knew it was an iconic play and I can now see why! I was worried I would get bored with the running time being 3 hours but the dialogue was fantastic with Imelda at the helm keeping the audience captivated for so long. The story might sound cliche - 2 couples coming together after meeting at a party at one of their houses - but the dialogue is so fantastic and the narrative really goes to places that you would not expect - particularly the emotional twist at the end! Would definitely recommend seeing it if you ever get a chance.

RichardBayton 6"2, 100 reviews, 1 helpful vote

An intense show with some incredible performances by a very talented cast. Fantastic staging using a single set, and lighting crea... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

An intense show with some incredible performances by a very talented cast. Fantastic staging using a single set, and lighting creates movement across the stage. The production is three acts but you can't move out of your seats between 2 and 3, which does make the the show feel longer than it needs to be although I can also see that having a full break may disrupt the flow of the show. All in all really great production of this play.

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Wow wow wow! Brilliant! Go see it. Three acts: Act 1 - 55min / 20 min interval /Act 2 - 55min / 5 min comfort break/ Act 3 - 5... More

paulfootie 6'3", 76 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Wow wow wow! Brilliant! Go see it. Three acts: Act 1 - 55min / 20 min interval /Act 2 - 55min / 5 min comfort break/ Act 3 - 50 min final act but you really do not notice this as the performances are so good the time flies!! Can thoroughly recommend this show - humour, dark humour, sadness and vulnerability all in one!! Excellent!

paulfootie 6'3", 76 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I have to be honest - I only saw this because I got hold of a cheap rush ticket, and was a bit apprehensive about it being over 3 ... More

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I have to be honest - I only saw this because I got hold of a cheap rush ticket, and was a bit apprehensive about it being over 3 hours long. I REALLY enjoyed it - the play is really intense, but the acting is unbelievable - if anyone is remotely interested in theatre they should see these performances. The actual play was pretty tough going, but the performances made the time go so fast, and kept me enthralled throughout.

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I found this show absolutely nuts! The acting was incredible and I found the story entirely captivating. The gradual peeling away ... More

samlloyd 6"0, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I found this show absolutely nuts! The acting was incredible and I found the story entirely captivating. The gradual peeling away of the layers of each character was so well done it almost brought me to tears. Such a good play.

samlloyd 6"0, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic show. Imelda Staunton - believe the hype! She was brilliant. That said, the whole cast were spot on. George & Martha wer... More

emilyd 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic show. Imelda Staunton - believe the hype! She was brilliant. That said, the whole cast were spot on. George & Martha were played excellently - for all their bad behaviour, you can empathise with both characters and that is no mean feat. High energy performance, and fast-paced dialogue maintained over 3 Acts. Having read the play, I wasn't expecting it to be as funny as it was! The set is beautiful and a special mention to the lighting designer - stunning. Basically - if you like one-room plays, where human interaction and emotion is at the forefront, then you'll love this.

emilyd 1 review, 0 helpful votes
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