Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN
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Opened: 22 Feb 2017
Booking from: 28 Mar 2017
Booking until: 02 Jun 2017
Duration: 3 hours (including interval)

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  • joc78 5"4 female 139 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.
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  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 88 reviews 2 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!
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  • Jord 5"11 male 36 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 15th March 2017
    Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway are all phenomenal actors and it felt like a privilege to be able to watch them all work together! This is a MUST SEE show! I would recommend booking seats in the Stalls or Dress Circle because being able to see their faces clearly makes the show 10 times better!
    You could see all the action that was taking place on stage and no obstructions at all. You could tell the theatre and seats were rather old and could do with even a small renovation but this didn't distract me too much from the show. If I was any further back I think I would've started to miss facial expressions.
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  • paulfootie 6'3" male 48 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    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!
    A great seat (for the price too!) A slight loss of stage right due to a higher safety rail covering the stairs but for this show theres only a few parts where the characters use that bit and they are standing so can be seen easily. The curve of the circle means all seats have a good view however there are two pillars that support the balcony and I was amazed to see that there are seats that have this in the view i.e. not off set in anyway so when there is a restricted view due to to these pillars believe it! This seat does not have any obstructions apart from the safety rail at row A which dose not effect the view.
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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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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.
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