The first images of Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill have been released, following the news of the revival will take place at the Harold Pinter Theatre from February 2017. 

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Imelda Staunton to play Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. (c) Charlie Gray. 

Following the news of Edward Albee’s death last week, it was confirmed that James Macdonald will direct a new production of the classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, running at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 22nd February until the 27th May 2017.

The production will see Imelda Staunton (Martha) return to the stage for the first time since her triumphant performance in Gypsy as Mama Rose, while fellow Olivier Award winner Conleth Hill (George) is more recently best known for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO television production Game of Thrones.

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Conleth Hill to play George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (C) Charlie Gray. 

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.

James Macdonald is best known for his work with Sarah Kane and Caryl Churchill, having recently directed 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. Macdonald has previously directed Staunton in the Royal Court’s production of Circle, Mirror, Transformation by Annie Baker and in the critically-acclaimed production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre.

Edward Albee’s plays also include: A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award) and Me, Myself & I (2008). For his work, in 2005 he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 22nd February 2017 until the 27th May 2017. To book tickets visit: ATG Tickets, Ticketmaster.co.uk, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk

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