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

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About the show

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

128 Reviews Add review

Brilliant cast, and brilliant preadaptation of Albee's classic.

keanoneil 6"2, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Albee has constructed the perfect drama which Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill set alight in a wonderful production.

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Outstanding performances from both Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill - utterly tragic and wickedly funny.

ryansouch 6"4, 85 reviews, 2 helpful votes

There was an email warning that the show lasts 3 hours, with one interval between act 1 and act 2, and a short break between act 2... More

Sotra 160cm, 25 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 of... More

samlloyd 6"0, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is an absolutely outstanding production. The performances from the entire cast are brilliant, but particularly Imelda Staunton... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 94 reviews, 6 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 hours... More

Jamb0r 178, 162 reviews, 8 helpful votes

Incredible performances are given by the cast in this rousing revival of the great Albee play, though the production feels a little... More

mickeyjotheatre 5"11', 93 reviews, 9 helpful votes

The actors were great! Story line rather dark, but still enjoyable. The play was a little long though.

marypeters 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes