Imelda Staunton will play Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf%3F

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End for a limited 13-week period from February 2017.

Running from 22nd February to 27th May 2017, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will see the return of Imelda Staunton to the West End following her Olivier Award winning performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy.

Playing the role of Martha, Staunton will be joined on stage by Conleth Hill who will play the character of George.

Staunton’s other theatre credits include Sweeney Todd and Circle, Mirror, Transformation; whilst on film the actress is perhaps most well known for playing the title role in Vera Drake and for the role of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.

Meanwhile, Hill can be recognised for his performances on stage in The Producers and Stones in his Pockets and his role in the television series Game of Thrones. His film credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Whatever Works.

James Macdonald, whose recent work includes the Caryl Churchill play Escaped Alone, will direct Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. It will be the first production of the dark comedy since the death of Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, Albee.


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 Nick and Honey are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Tickets are now on sale.

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Photo credit: Charlie Gray.