Harold Pinter Theatre

6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN GB

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Tickets

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based on 6 reviews

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Starring: Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill

Booking from: Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Booking until: Saturday, 27 May 2017

Running time: 3 hours (One interval and a 3 minute pause after act two)

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Age restrictions

Recommended for 12+. Children under 5 years and babes in arms will strictly not be admitted.

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Contains strong language and adult themes. 


Booking from:
Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Booking until:
Saturday, 27 May 2017

Running time:
3 hours (One interval and a 3 minute pause after act two)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was written in 1962 by the respected playwright Edward Albee. It has rarely been off the stage since, revived time and again by professional and amateur actors across Britain and the US, always fresh, always scandalous, always painfully raw. If you want to see a couple tear each other apart with nothing more than cruelly-chosen words, this one's for you.

The marvellous Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star as the troubled older couple in this fresh new production. It's directed by James Macdonald and runs at the stunning Harold Pinter Theatre from February 2017.

Why the title? It's a play on words from the popular Disney song, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, from the 1933 Three Little Pigs cartoon. Martha and George repeatedly sing their version of the song throughout the play, to thoroughly disturbing effect. Because the rights to Disney's song cost such a lot, many productions of the play use the nursery rhyme 'Here we go around the mulberry bush' instead. Why do the older couple keep singing that dratted song, time and time again? The plot reveals the song was sung at the party the four protagonists had just been to, and Martha uses it cruelly to needle George.

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf – The story

The play explores the final breakdown of a middle-aged couple's marriage, which has been in trouble for some time. Meet Martha and George who, very late one night, invite a younger couple home after a university staff party.

Nick and Honey, have no idea what's in store for them – a very uncomfortable voyage into their hosts' horribly bitter and frustrated relationship. Thanks to the vast amounts of alcohol the older couple consume, they use the young couple to fuel their emotional pain and damage each other beyond repair.

This is a multi-award winner, a classic of our times. The play won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and the '62–63 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. A smash hit movie adaptation was released in 1966, written by Ernest Lehman and directed by Mike Nichols. It starred superstar actors of the day - and famously warring couple - Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, with George Segal and Sandy Dennis as Nick and Honey.

The playwright Albee explained where he got the inspiration for his classic, a play that shocked and intrigued a generation. He said he was having a beer one night and: “I saw Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? scrawled in soap, I suppose, on this mirror. When I started to write the play it cropped up in my mind again. And of course, who's afraid of Virginia Woolf means who's afraid of the big bad wolf... who's afraid of living life without false illusions. And it did strike me as being a rather typical, university intellectual joke.”

The play remains as fresh and disturbing as ever, and Staunton and Hill are set to breathe new life into a plot that never lets audiences down. Don't miss it!

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Press Reviews

Imelda Staunton at her magnificent best. A first rate revival of an astonishing play. Perfection. The Guardian

A fierce revival. Conleth Hill is superb. Exquisite. Evening Standard

James Macdonald’s superlative production. Flawless. The Telegraph

One of the greatest feats of acting I have witnessed. A brilliant night out. The Independent

Intoxicatingly good. James Macdonald’s blistering production. Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill are superb. Financial Times

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based on 6 reviews

Brilliant play, and brilliant acting, but not for the faint hearted.

London Box Office customer

A must-see for any fan of Edward Albee's play

London Box Office customer

Intense with very funny moments

London Box Office customer

Fabulous!

Wasn't sure what to expect as I booked the tickets on a bit of a whim. So glad I did, such a classic, funny, moving, poignant, it had it all, I laughed and wanted to cry at times too. Imelda Staunton was outstanding.


London Box Office customer

Constructive thoughts

This was an excellent production marred by just one thing. Those of us in the back 6 or 7 rows found it difficult to hear at times. In particular, Martha's plaintive appeal in the final act was almost impossible to hear. Fortunately, the actual words spoken weren't as important as the emotion communicated through her body and actions. This is theatre not TV!


London Box Office customer

The West Ends new Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a revelation

25 Feb 2017 in News

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Tonight it was my privilege to watch the great actors Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill take their first stab at performing Edward Albee's masterpiece of marital disfunction , WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF in front of a London audience.

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Dream casting announced for a timely revival of one of the greatest plays ever written

23 Sep 2016 in New Shows

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Talk about dream casting! Imelda Staunton, who cemented her reputation as West End goddess and national treasure recently with her performances in musicals GYPSY and SWEENEY TODD will play Martha in the drama WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?.

When people debate the greatest plays ever written this one is regularly in top 10s and rightly so, when acted well it is one of the most devastating evenings of theatre you can encounter.

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6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN GB

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  • Air conditioned
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  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
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  • Capacity: 796
  • Year built: 1881

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