Elizabeth MgGovern will star in Edward Albee’s masterpiece, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which will run at Theatre Royal Bath in 2023.
McGovern will take on the role of Martha, famously played on screen by Elizabeth Taylor and most recently in the West End by Imelda Staunton. Further casting is to be announced including the highly anticipated role of her husband, George.
Lindsay Posner, who is well known for directing stars, will helm the play. It is not known if there are plans for a West End transfer.
First staged on Broadway in 1962, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? was soon established as one of the great plays in post-war American drama, winner of the Tony and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play. Its reputation was further enhanced by Mike Nichols’ multi Academy Award winning 1966 film adaptation, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Sixty years on from its premiere, it is now seen as one of the most influential and highly regarded plays in American literature.
Elizabeth McGovern is best known for playing Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. She was Academy Award nominated for her portrayal of Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, and had leading roles in the movies Once Upon A Time In America, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Wings of the Dove. Her recent stage credits include the UK tour of God of Carnage.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will run from 13 January 2023 – 11 February 2023 at Theatre Royal Bath.