by Edward Albee
UK Tour (June – July 2014)
Edward Albee’s scintillating masterpiece takes place during the course of one brutal and hilarious night when George, a college professor, and his wife, Martha, invite a young couple back for late-night drinks after a faculty party. As the alcohol flows, the guests are coerced into witnessing and participating in George and Martha’s sadistic game-playing and vitriolic verbal scrapping which reaches its climax in a momentous revelation.
First staged on Broadway in 1962, the impact of the vicious wit, frank language and riveting characters firmly established Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as one of the great plays in post-war American drama, winner of the Tony and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play. Its reputation was further enhanced by Mike Nichols’s 1966 film adaptation, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, which won five Oscars.
Cast: Clare Higgins, Tim Pigott-Smith, Iris Roberts, Nathan Wiley
Director – Adrian Noble
Designer – Mike Britton
Lighting – Paul Pyant
Sound – John Leonard
★★★★ ‘Clare Higgins reminds us that she is one of our great actresses, so changeable, so commanding, so alive that she could use up a critic’s annual ration of adjectives with a single glance…a sensational performance.’ The Times
★★★★ ‘Brutally funny…Clare Higgins gives a marvellous performance.’ Sunday Times
★★★★ ‘Viciously funny…Adrian Noble’s fine production.’ Independent
★★★★ ‘Adrian Noble’s superb new production’ Telegraph