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About the showWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will once again return to London’s West End as a new version directed by James Macdonald, staring Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre, with performances beginning in February 2017.
West End living-legend Imelda Staunton takes the lead role of Martha, a character iconically played by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1966 film adaptation. Staunton however has more than adequate credentials to take up the challenge of filling Elizabeth Taylor’s shoes, being an eleven time Olivier Award nominee, with four of those resulting in her winning.
Staunton is a firm favourite on the London stage being known for her performances in Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd and most recently the hugely acclaimed Gypsy. She also has a huge range of film credits, including Nanny McPhee, the Harry Potter series and her BAFTA Award winning role in Vera Drake. She is joined by Conleth Hill as George, an actor well known for his portrayal of Varys in Game of Thrones, as well as a plethora of stage work including Macbeth at the Berkeley Repertory, Philistines at the National Theatre and Quartermaine's Terms at Wyndham's Theatre.
The play is set on a US university campus, where Martha and her husband George bring home the newly appointed professor Nick and his wife Honey in the early hours of one morning, to keep the drinks flowing after a party. As the night progresses, the young couple are forced into the centre of Martha and George’s toxic games until they built to a crescendo where the truth comes out.
First performed in 1963, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? received great critical acclaim and a huge range of awards, becoming American playwright Edward Albee’s most loved play. James Macdonald directs this exciting new version. Macdonald is best known for being a prolific director of new writers’ works, notably regularly working with Caryl Churchill.
With its star cast, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is set to be one of the most exciting revivals of 2017, and is due to begin previews on 22nd February, with performances currently scheduled until 27th May.
Who Should See It?Imelda Staunton is a West End legend not to be missed. Those who got a chance to see her magnificent performance in Gypsy in 2016 will definitely not want to miss the chance to see her in this new revival of a classic masterpiece.