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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - 2017 - West End

£10.00 - £80.00

Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill are to star in the first production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to be announced since playwright Edward Albee's death, beginning performances February 22, 2017, prior to an official opening March 9, for a run through May 27, at the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre.

The production will be directed by James Macdonald and produced by Sonia Friedman.

Following the news of Mr. Albee's passing on September 16, Guardian chief critic Michael Billington wrote, “With America currently engaged in its own form of post-truth politics, now seems the perfect time to revive Albee’s enduring masterpiece about the danger of living in a world of illusions.” The play portrays a married American college professor George and his wife Martha who invite a new professor Nick and wife Honey to drinks, and play out a series of toxic games with each other and them.

Staunton, who plays Martha, was recently seen in the West End as Rose in Gypsy, which she is expected to reprise on Broadway in 2017. Other notable credits include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, for which she won an Olivier Award, and the role of Claire in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre. In total, Staunton has been nominated for 11 Olivier Awards, winning four. On film Staunton is perhaps best known for playing the title role in Vera Drake, for which she received the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and was Oscar-nominated as well, and for the role of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.

Hill, who plays George, is perhaps best known for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO television series Game of Thrones. On Broadway, he was twice Tony-nominated for reprising the roles in Stones in His Pockets and The Seafarer that he had originated in London. He also won the Olivier Award for his role in the West End production of The Producers. His film credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Whatever Works, directed by Woody Allen.

Macdonald previously directed Staunton in the Royal Court's production of Circle Mirror Transformation and the Almeida's production of A Delicate Balance. His extensive Royal Court directorial credits include Cary Churchill's Love & Information and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (that subsequently transferred to New York's Minetta Lane and Public Theater, respectively) and Mike Bartlett's Cock (that subsequently transferred to the Duke on 42nd Street). Other New York credits include Cloud Nine (Atlantic), King Lear and The Book of Grace (both at the Public), Top Girls (MTC on Broadway), Dying City (Lincoln Center) and John Gabriel Borkman (transferred from Dublin's Abbey to BAM).

The production will be designed by Tom Pye. Further casting is still to be announced.


Harold Pinter Theatre

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? West End Cast


by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017
Audiences now have just three weeks left to see the critically acclaimed West End production of multi-Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The play stars Imelda Staunton as Martha, Conleth Hill as George, Imogen Poots as Honey and Luke Treadaway as Nick.
by BWW News Desk - March 17, 2017
Following the enormously successful opening of James Macdonald's new production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway, producers today announced the forthcoming live broadcast of the play to cinemas throughout the UK and beyond as part of National Theatre Live.
by Marianka Swain - March 10, 2017
Much has been written about the snack ban instigated by this Edward Albee revival at the behest of its star, Imelda Staunton. No problems on that score: with performances of such scorching intensity sustained over a shattering three hours, audiences will be unwilling to release a breath, let alone distract with a rustling crisp packet.
by BWW News Desk - March 10, 2017
Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star in a new production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by James MacDonald. The production opened at London's Harold Pinter Theatre last night.
by BWW News Desk - March 9, 2017
Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star in a new production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by James MacDonald. BroadwayWorld brings you a look at the new production below!
by Stephi Wild - March 1, 2017 reports that The Harold Pinter Theatre, home of the West End production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? sent out a request to all ticket-holders stating 'Out of consideration for the actors and fellow audience members, we ask that no food be consumed during the performance.'
by Marianka Swain - February 13, 2017
Conleth Hill is beloved by millions of Game of Thrones watchers as spymaster Varys, but he's also a respected theatre actor, with work ranging from The Cherry Orchard and Stones in His Pockets to the 2013 revival of Quartermaine's Terms. He's about to embark on Edward Albee's masterpiece Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring opposite Imelda Staunton; the production begins previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 22 February.
by Jenny Minich - January 29, 2017
Albee's characters are shockingly volatile. They curse, they drink and they revel in inflecting pain. It's funny, heartbreaking and yes, slightly familiar. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? may have debuted in 1962 but the truth it provokes still feels relevant.