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‘ONE OF THOSE RARE OCCASIONS WHEN PLAY, PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTION PERFECTLY COALESCE.
PERFECTION’.
The Guardian

James Macdonald directs a new production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee’s landmark play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Starring Olivier and Bafta award-winning actress Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance); Olivier award-winner Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, Stones In His Pockets, The Producers); Olivier award-winner Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fortitude, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots, in her West End debut (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre and Me And Orson Wells).

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.

 

Photography by Charlie Gray

‘A BRILLIANT NIGHT OUT.
THE MOST HIGH ENERGY AND FUNNIEST VERSION OF THE PIECE I HAVE SEEN. HILARIOUS. I THINK EDWARD ALBEE WOULD HAVE ADORED THIS SHOW.’
Independent
RUNNING TIMES

The performance is approximately three hours long, including an interval between Acts One and Two, and a brief pause between Acts Two and Three.

LATECOMERS POLICY

Latecomers will not be admitted during the performance. Readmission will be at the interval between Acts One and Two, or at the pause between Acts Two and Three only.

 

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IMELDA STAUNTON

IMELDA STAUNTON

MARTHA

Imelda Staunton returns to the West End after her triumphant and Olivier Award-winning performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Amongst her many other theatre credits, 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. In total, Staunton has been nominated for eleven Olivier Awards, winning four. On film Staunton is perhaps best known for playing the title role in Vera Drake, for which she received the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and for the role of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.

CONLETH HILL

CONLETH HILL

GEORGE

Conleth Hill is perhaps best known for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO television production Game of Thrones. A multi award-winning theatre actor, amongst his extensive theatre credits, recent productions include Quartermaine’s Terms at the Wyndham’s Theatre and The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre. Hill won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for The Producers, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and for Stones In His Pockets in the West End. He also received Tony Award nominations for his role in Stones In His Pockets on its transfer to Broadway and The Seafarer, which transferred from the National Theatre to Broadway. Hill’s film credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Whatever Works, directed by Woody Allen.

Imogen Poots

Imogen Poots

Honey

Imogen Poots (Honey) makes her West End debut with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Poots made her breakthrough performance as Tammy in the film 28 Weeks Later. She won the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Look of Love in 2013 and was nominated for Best Actress at the 2015 Evening Standard British Film Awards for her role in Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way. Other film credits include Terrence Mallick’s The Knight of Cups, Green Room, Filth, Jimi: All Is By My Side, A Late Quartet and Jane Eyre. Poots will next be seen starring opposite Michael Shannon in Frank and Lola, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. On television, she recently played the female lead in Cameron Crowe’s debut television series Roadies (Showtime).

Luke Treadaway

Luke Treadaway

Nick

Luke Treadaway (Nick) won an Olivier Award for his performance as Christopher in 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. Further theatre credits include Over There (Royal Court), Piranha Heights (Soho Theatre) and Saint Joan (National Theatre). For film, Treadaway plays the lead in the upcoming Sony Pictures release A Street Cat Named Bob, adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel. Treadaway’s further film credits include Unbroken, Attack the Block, The Whistleblower, Clash of the Titans, Tonight You’re Mine, Heartless, The Rise and Brothers of the Head. For television, in January he returns to his role of scientist Vincent Rattrey in the second series of Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed Fortitude. His further credits include the lead character of Alex Higgins in BBC’s The Rack Pack, the Duke of Richmond in the second series of The Hollow Crown (BBC/NBC/Neal Street Productions), as well as Sky Arts mini-series The Nightmare World of H.G. Wells with Michael Gambon.

EDWARD ALBEE

PLAYWRIGHT

Edward Albee was born on March 12th 1928 and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The Death of Bessie Smith (1959), The Sandbox (1959), The American Dream (1960), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice (1964), A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award), All Over (1971), Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize), Listening (1975), Counting the Ways (1975), The Lady from Dubuque (1977-78), The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981), Finding the Sun (1982), Marriage Play (1986-87), Three Tall Women (1991, Pulitzer Prize), Fragments (1993), The Play about the Baby (1997), The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (2000, 2002 Tony Award), Occupant (2001), At Home at the Zoo: Act 1, Homelife. Act 2, The Zoo Story. (2004), and Me, Myself & I (2008). Mr. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980.  In 1996 he received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.  In 2005 he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

JAMES MACDONALD

DIRECTOR

James Macdonald is highly regarded 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. 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.

TOM PYE

DESIGNER

CHARLES BALFOUR

Lighting Designer

ADAM CORK

Sound Designer and Composer

SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS

PRODUCER

Sonia Friedman Productions (SFP) is a West End and Broadway production company responsible for some of the most successful theatre productions in London and New York. Since 1990, SFP has developed, initiated and produced over 140 new productions and has won numerous Olivier and Tony Awards.

West End and Broadway productions include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and TwoThe Book of MormonFunny Girl, A Christmas CarolFarinelli and the King, HamletSunny Afternoon, Bend It Like BeckhamThe NetherThe RiverElectraKing Charles IIIShakespeare in Love,1984GhostsMojoChimericaMerrily We Roll AlongOld TimesTwelfth Night and Richard III, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Sunshine BoysHay FeverAbsent FriendsTop GirlsBetrayalMuch Ado About NothingClybourne ParkThe Children’s HourA Flea in Her EarLa BêteAll My SonsPrivate LivesJerusalemA Little Night MusicLegally Blonde, OthelloArcadiaThe MountaintopThe Norman ConquestsA View from the BridgeDancing at LughnasaMaria Friedman: Re-ArrangedLa Cage aux FollesNo Man’s LandThe SeagullUnder The Blue SkyThat FaceDealer’s Choice, Hergé’s Adventures of TintinIn CelebrationBoeing-BoeingThe Dumb WaiterRock ’n’ RollLove SongFaith Healer, BentEh JoeDonkeys’ YearsOtherwise EngagedCelebrationShoot The CrowAs You Like ItThe Home PlaceWhose Life Is It Anyway?By the Bog of CatsThe Woman in WhiteGuantánamoEndgameJumpersSee You Next Tuesday, Hitchcock BlondeAbsolutely! {Perhaps}Sexual Perversity in ChicagoRagtimeMacbethWhat the Night Is ForAfterplay, Up For GrabsA Day in the Death of Joe EggNoises OffOn An Average DayA Servant to Two MastersPort Authority, Spoonface Steinberg and Speed-The-Plow.

Forthcoming productions include Dreamgirls with Amber Riley and Nice Fish with Mark Rylance.

Sonia recently co-produced the BBC adaption of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, starring Mark Rylance, and Executive Produced Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins.

Prior to forming SFP, Friedman spent three years as the producer for the Ambassador Theatre Group. Before joining ATG, she was the producer and co-founder of Out of Joint, one of Britain’s leading theatre companies. From 1989 to 1993, Friedman was a producer at the National Theatre, specialising in touring productions and theatre for young people, where she produced many productions across all scales.