Rehearsals for James Macdonald’s production of Edward Albee’s play starring Imelda Staunton have begun. 

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Conleth Hill and Imelda Staunton. (c) Johan Persson. 

New images have been released as the cast for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? begin rehearsals for the production which will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 22nd February until the 27th May.

James MacDonald’s production will star Imelda Staunton as Martha, Conleth Hill as George, Imogen Poots as Honey and Luke Treadaway as Nick.

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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Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway. (c) Johan Persson. 

This revival of the play sees Imelda Staunton return to the West End, following her Olivier award winning performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Her many other notable performances include Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, for which she won an Olivier Award, Circle, Mirror, Transformation for the Royal Court and the role of Claire in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre.

Meanwhile, Conleth Hill is best known for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO television production Game of Thrones. Among his recent theatre credits, he has appeared in Quartermaine’s Terms at the Wyndham’s Theatre and The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre.

The production sees Imogen Poots making her West End debut as Honey. She made her breakthrough performance as Tammy in the film 28 Weeks Later. 

Luke  Treadaway is best known for his Olivier award winning performance as Christopher the internationally acclaimed hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre/ West End) and also originated the role of Albert in the earliest production of War Horse, again at the National Theatre.

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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