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Edward Albee's acclaimed play Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? has returned to the West End, where it will be performed at the historic Harold Pinter Theatre. In the hands of award-winning director James Macdonald, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? stars Imelda Staunton as Martha and Conleth Hill as George, the sparring couple whose marriage slowly and painfully disintegrates over the course of the three-hour play. London audiences are invited to witness this emotional, explosive examination of the ideal American family, social norms of the 1950s and the theme of reality versus illusion.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? background
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? was written in 1962 by Edward Albee, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose credits also include The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and The Sandbox. The original production opened on Broadway in 1962 and ran until 1964. It won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1963. A 1966 film adaptation starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, winning five.
Imelda Staunton, who stars as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? London, is a four-time Laurence Olivier Award winner. Her other recent West End roles include Mama Rose in Gypsy and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Staunton is also familiar to Harry Potter fans as Dolores Umbridge in the film versions of the books. Coleth Hill plays Martha's husband George. He is perhaps best-known for playing Lord Varys in Game of Thrones, and also has an Olivier Award and Tony Award nomination to his name.
Themes of Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? is set in the New England home of the middle-aged couple Martha and George. Martha is the daughter of a college president, and George is a professor of history. The play begins after a faculty party, with George and Martha returning home along with the young couple Nick and Honey, who Martha has invited back for drinks.
Over the course of the play, the older couple's marriage comes slowly apart as a bitter, frustrated Martha taunts a passive-aggressive George. Emotional mind games ensue as all four characters continue to drink and argue. Separate conversations between George and Nick reveal cracks in the younger couple's marriage too. Soon afterwards, Martha engages in flirtation with Nick. Embarrassment, intrigue, anger and animosity all emerge as the four characters reach their emotional limits. The final act revolves around the "death" of Martha and George's fictional son -- the denouement of their marriage and of the play.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? London
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