The late, multi Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning, Edward Albee’s iconic 1962 play ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ has returned to the West End in style. Directed by James Macdonald, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ demonstrates that Albee’s masterpiece is as riveting and entertaining as it was on the day it was written and truly is one of the masterpieces of contemporary theatre.
The play centres on the themes of living in illusion through exploring the twisted relationship of Martha (Imelda Staunton) and George (Conleth Hill), set against the societal expectations of American families in the 1950s.
Director James Macdonald’s work with the plays of Caryl Churchill and Sarah Kane stand highly regarded in the theatrical world. In addition, Macdonald has recently worked with Imelda Staunton on Albee’s ‘A Delicate Balance’, which was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.
After rave reviews for her performances as Mama Rose in ‘Gypsy’ and Mrs Lovett in ‘Sweeny Todd’, Imelda Staunton (Martha) has returned to the West End in the role of Martha. Known for her work on stage as well as screen, Staunton’s accolades include a BAFTA for Vera Drake and 4 Olivier Awards.
Two-time Olivier Award-winner Conleth Hill (George) boasts an extensive repertoire of appearances in film, television and theatre productions. An extremely versatile performer, his Olivier Award wins were for his leading role in the original cast of Stones in his Pockets and for Best Supporting role in a musical for The Producers. His most recent notable television appearance is in HBO’s cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones where he plays Lord Varys.
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.
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Contains strong language and adult themes.
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(3mins) Take Coventry Street up to Oxendon Road; the theatre is 100 metres along on the right.