Imelda Staunton stars in Edward Albee’s play of a distintegrating marriage
Multi-Olivier Award winning actress Imelda Staunton joins HBO’s Game of Throne’s star Conleth Hill at the Harold Pinter theatre for a new production of Edward Albee’s comedy-drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf which begins its previews in February 2017.
The play sees Martha (Staunton), the wife of a history professor, invite a younger couple back to her apartment for a nightcap after a campus party, much to the annoyance of her husband, George (Hill). It quickly becomes apparent that Martha is an alcoholic and as more drink is consumed the initial fun of the evening spirals into a slanging match as George and Martha’s toxic marriage is laid bare.
The 1966 film starred real-life married couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor who won an Oscar for her role as Martha.
Written by Albee in 1962 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is no doubt his best known work winning a number of prizes on Broadway when it was first performed in 1963 and this new London production should be no exception when nominations are announced next year.
At the Harold Pinter theatre for a limited time only, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Theatre Breaks will be directed by James MacDonald.
Casting news : Olivier Award winning actor Luke Treadway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, The Look of Love) will the play the roles of college professor, Nick, and his wife, Honey.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Show Info
Theatre : Harold Pinter, Panton Street, London SW1 4DN
Previews : 22nd February 2017
Opened: 9th March 2017
Booking to: 27th May 2017
Performance times: Monday to Saturday at 1930; Wednesday and Saturday at 1430
Closest underground : Piccadilly Circus on Piccadilly & Bakerloo lines
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