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.
May not be suitable for young children