Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Harold Pinter Theatre

Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

09 Mar 2017 - 27 May 2017

£10.00 - £80.00

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15 reviews

4.3 out of 5.0
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0 reviews

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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.

A new production of multi Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Albee’s landmark play. 


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“You’re likely to be scared stiff by Imelda Staunton’s Martha in this fierce revival... a performance of wounding intensity.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Ferocious and fearless production of Edward Albee's great play is performed with stunning power... Utterly heartbreaking.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Play, performance and production perfectly coalesce... Ultimately uplifting and cathartic... Rooted in psychological realism.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Superlative revival... Wickedly entertaining.. viciously nasty... incrementally harrowing... Exhilarating-exhausting... Flawless”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“It is the magnificent Conleth Hill’s raw pain and simmering resentment as George that provide the abiding image... Pitch-perfect”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Staunton further confirms her status as one of our finest actors with her brittle, acid-tongued Martha.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Biting and bitterly funny... Staunton, more hilarious, wretched and pitiable by turn. Hill is brilliant... Poots is terrific.”

West End Whingers

“Hill's laconic, snide precision is a perfect complement to Staunton's louche loudness... A tight, toxic duet.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Unexpectedly shattering... A terrible, pit-of-the-stomach sense of free fall, of something uniquely disastrous occurring.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Hill’s George is a marvel... the bruised and beating heart of the play and the production... Staunton is terrific.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Staunton, firmly at its black bitter suffering heart... The play’s gruelling brilliance is served superbly by all the cast.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Zestful revival of Albee’s gorgeously rancorous marital ding-dong... Hurricane Staunton is in full effect.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Macdonald’s production matches Staunton with a revelatory Conleth Hill. Caustic and fatigued... Imogen Poots is riveting.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Showing no signs of age... They just miss the mysterious poetry that Albee provides. But you can still hear a pin drop.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Great acting. Yet I dislike Albee’s play. It is bleak, excessive, repetitive... If nihilism is your bag, Albee’s your man.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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