It has been announced that Olivier Award winners Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill will star in a new production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 22nd February 2017.
Following the news of Edward Albee’s death last week, this revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf will be directed by James Macdonald, with tickets now on sale.
Taking place in the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, the play follows Martha and George who entertain a new professor Nick and his wife Honey at their home for some after-party drinks. But as the alcohol flows, Nick and Honey find themselves being drawn into Martha and George’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax and a moment of truth-telling.
Edward Albee was a Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, whose work also includes The Zoo Story, Me, Myself & I, The American Dream and Seascape. He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, while in 2005 he was presented with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Olivier Award winning actress Imelda Staunton returns to the stage following her critically successful performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Other notable performances include Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.
Conleth Hill is best known for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO television production Game of Thrones. His stage credits include performances in Quartermaine’s Terms at the Wyndham’s Theatre and The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre.
Meanwhile director James Macdonald is known for his work with Caryl Churchill and Sarah Kane, recently directing Churchill’s play Escaped Alone at the Royal Court. Other recent work includes the award-winning production of Florian Zeller’s The Father and Roots at the Donmar Warehouse.