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Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN
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Opened: 22 Feb 2017
Booking from: 28 May 2017
Booking until: 02 Jun 2017
Duration: 3 hours (including interval)
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  • joc78 5"4 female 153 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 6th March 2017
    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!
    The seat is in the back row of the dress circle and you are against a wall. The view is slightly restricted due to the curve of the auditorium so you don’t see anything that happens on the far left of the stage and you do have to lean to your right for a lot of the production. However, considering the cheap price of the tickets, this seat is an absolute steal. The seat is comfortable and leg room is ok.
    E21 Dress Circle - Harold Pinter Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle E21
  • clemonylemony 5"8.5 male 13 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 16th March 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls A2
    You get a side view of the stage from this seat, so I couldn't see anything that happened at the back right corner of the stage. Fortunately for this production, that only involved the moments when the actors went to put on music. You also miss out on the brilliant set of windows with lighting that changes throughout the production according to the time of day, though you get to see this effect (on a smaller scale) through main door at the back of centre stage. Not much neckache, thanks to the stage being a distance away, though the stage is above eye level. Most of the discomfort came through having to look left the entire time, but I easily countered this by angling my body that way in my seat. The speakers are right in front of these seats and A1, but for this production that wasn't a problem - the volume is reasonable and will not give you a shock; and the actors can be heard over the music without needing to strain. Legroom is generous.
    A2 Stalls - Harold Pinter Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls A2
  • samlloyd 6"0 15 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 26th April 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls E11
    I found this seat extremely good. I picked it up through a What's On Stage offer for only £15. But I would have paid full price for this excellent seat. Just the right distance away from the stage and the seats are staggered so you can see between the people sitting in front of you. They are not raked particularly well though so if a very tall person sits in front of you (which they did with me) you do find yourself straining slightly to see all the action. The legroom was amazingly good for such an old theatre as you can stick your feet underneath the seat in front of you and I found the seat comfortable enough for a three hour show. I would certainly recommend this seat even if paying full price. (My picture doesn't do the view justice as it was difficult to take a photo then the ushers were on the prowl.)
    E11 Stalls - Harold Pinter Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls E11
  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 97 reviews 3 helpful votes
    60% total rating Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 25th February 2017
    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!
    A pretty standard seat up in the Royal Circle. The stage feels closer than it seems in the photo, but there are a few restrictions which make it difficult viewing. The pole actually does not matter too much, but when audience members in front lean forward it can be very difficult to see the front of the stage. Seats are very narrow, so you will get cosy with your neighbour, but the legroom is actually alright. Also, you have to strain to hear ever so slightly as the sound doesn't hit the Royal Circle very well.For the price I paid, I would definitely sit here again. Sit here for a play (especially Who's Afraid, which is relatively static). I can image that for a musical, this seat would feel incredibly disconnected. Only buy if discounted!
    E6 Royal Circle - Harold Pinter Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Royal Circle E6
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? SEATING PLAN
You can generally find good seats throughout the Stalls in the Harold Pinter Theatre, but two supporting columns in Row M can restrict the view from the various seats behind these. This section is quite flat, meaning that audience members in the rows in front can be a nuisance for shorter theatregoers.

The Dress Circle also has pillars in Row C near seats 6 and 15, and does not always offer the best comfort or leg room. The section is less curved that many theatres however, meaning the ends of the rows are not as restricting. The Royal Circle does have a deeper curve and is quite restricted b safety rails, as is the Balcony. These sections can be distant and cramped, however can also offer good value for money.
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STORY
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 from 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? is arrived in London’s West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre, with performances having began on 22nd February and currently set to run until 27th May.
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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
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