Imelda Staunton to Headline Virginia Woolf?

first_img View Comments Imelda Staunton(Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images) The rumors were true and after the recent sad news of Edward Albee’s passing comes the announcement that Imelda Staunton will star alongside Conleth Hill in a new production of the late playwright’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Directed by James Macdonald and designed by Tom Pye, the revival will play a limited engagement from February 22, 2017 through May 27. Opening night is set for March 9 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha (Staunton), much to her husband George’s (Hill) 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.Staunton has been nominated for eleven Olivier Awards, winning four, including for her recent performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Other stage credits include Sweeney Todd, Circle, Mirror, Transformation and A Delicate Balance. Film credits include Vera Drake and Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.Hill (George) is perhaps best known for his role as Lord Varys in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He won an Olivier for The Producers and for Stones In His Pockets in the West End and received Tony nods for Stones In His Pockets on its transfer to Broadway and The Seafarer. His film credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Whatever Works.Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play; the 1966 film adaptation was directed by Mike Nichols, and starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. It was last seen on the Main Stem in 2012 led by Tracy Letts and Amy Mortonlast_img

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