Clare Higgins, Tim Pigott-Smith & More to Lead Theatre Royal Bath's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF; Full Cast ANnounced

The Theatre Royal Bath has announced the full cast for the first production in its 2014 Summer Season. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf will open on 18th June, starring Clare Higgins, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nathan Wiley and Iris Roberts, and directed by Adrian Noble.

In Edward Albee's scintillating masterpiece, George, (Tim Pigott-Smith), a college professor, and his wife, Martha (Clare Higgins), invite a young couple back for late-night drinks after a faculty party. As the alcohol flows, the guests are coerced into witnessing and participating in George and Martha's sadistic game-playing and vitriolic verbal scrapping which reaches its climax in a momentous revelation.

First staged on Broadway in 1962, the impact of the vicious wit, frank language and riveting characters firmly established Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as one of the great plays in post-war American drama, winner of the Tony and Critics' Circle Awards for Best New Play.

Olivier award winning actress Clare Higgins is known for her performances in Sweet Bird of Youth and Vincent in Brixton at the National Theatre and for Hecuba at the Donmar Warehouse.

Tim Pigott-Smith is currently starring in the highly acclaimed Charles III at The Almedia Theatre. His

extensive stage work also includes The Tempest in Bath, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance for the Almeida; King Lear, Stroke of Luck at The Park Theatre and Enron in the West End. His recent television credits include The Hour, Downton Abbey, Miranda and 37 Days.

Iris Roberts has recently appeared in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London's West End, in which she was nominated for a What's On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. She previously appeared in The Captain of Kopenick at The National Theatre and The Tempest at the Theatre Royal, Bath.

Nathan Wiley's recent theatrical performances include The Glass Menagerie at The Octagon Theatre and The Man Who Invented Himself at Manhattan Rep Theatre. His film credits include Red 2 and Jack Ryan.

The director, Adrian Noble was the Artistic Director of the RSC from 1990 to 2003. Recent work includes The King's Speech, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End and The Tempest for Theatre Royal Bath's Summer Season 2012.

Edward Albee's other work includes Three Tall Woman and A Delicate Balance. He is the winner of two Tony Awards and three Pulitzer Prizes.

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