Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? starring Imelda Staunton
Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Imelda Staunton stars in the electrifying drama Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? in London’s West End.
Best known for the iconic 1966 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Edward Albee’s multi Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning portrait of a marriage in meltdown returns to the London stage starring Imelda Staunton (Martha) and Conleth Hill (George).
Hailed as having some of the greatest dialogue in American Theatre this new production will be directed by James Macdonald.
‘Albee’s enduring masterpiece about the danger of living in a world of illusions.’ The Guardian (September 2016)
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? runs from 22 February 2017 until 27 May 2017 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick and his wife Honey to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
The cast features Imelda Staunton (Martha), Conleth Hill (George), Luke Treadaway (Nick) and Imogen Poots(Honey).
Imelda Staunton returns to the West End after her Olivier Award-winning performances as Mama Rose in Gypsy and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Her many theatre and film credits include Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre, her Bafta Award-winning performance in the title role for Vera Drake, and as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.
Conleth Hill is perhaps best known for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO television production Game of Thrones. Conleth’s extensive theatre credits, include Quartermaine’s Terms, The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre and The Producers for which he won an Olivier Award. Hill also won an Olivier Award and Tony Award nomination for Best Actor for Stones In His Pockets.
Directed by James Macdonald with design by Tom Pie.
★★★★★ “Everything about Kent’s production slots perfectly into place.” The Guardian
★★★★★ “Intoxicatingly good” Financial Times
★★★★★ “Staunton is on monstrously fine form” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “This modern classic still feels lethal” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “Jesus H Christ – this is a brilliant night out” Independent
★★★★ “Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill are devastating” TimeOut