Imelda Staunton to star in Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Imelda Staunton is to ap­pear in Ed­ward Al­bee’s play Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf? in Lon­don’s West End.

Al­bee, a three-time Pulitzer Prize win­ner, died aged 88 last week at his home on Long Is­land, near New York.

Staunton will star along­side Game of Thrones ac­tor Con­leth Hill at the Harold Pin­ter The­atre.

The play, di­rected by James Mac­don­ald, will run from 22 Fe­bru­ary to 27 May 2017.

Staunton won awards for best mu­si­cal per­for­mance for Gypsy last year at the Even­ing Stan­dard The­atre Awards and UK The­atre Awards.

Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?, Al­bee’s best-known work, was de­nied the 1963 Pulitzer Prize fol­low­ing its de­but the pre­vi­ous year, with the ad­vi­sory board for the award rul­ing it was not “up­lift­ing” - not­ing its pro­fan­ity and sex­ual themes.

It went on to win a Tony Award for best play how­ever and was made into a 1966 film, star­ring El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton.

The play, set on the cam­pus of an Amer­i­can col­lege, tells the story of a de­cay­ing mar­riage and takes place over the space of one even­ing.

Staunton’s West End re­turn, fol­low­ing her Gypsy per­for­mance as Mama Rose, sees her take on the role of Martha, who has in­vited a new pro­fes­sor and his wife to the home she shares with hus­band Ge­orge for af­ter-party drinks.

Staunton has won four Olivier Awards, in­clud­ing one for her role as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, as well as a Bafta film award for best ac­tress in a lead­ing role for Vera Drake.

Hill plays Lord Varys in Game of Thrones and is also an award­win­ning the­atre ac­tor, while Mac­don­ald’s re­cent work in­cludes The Fa­ther and Roots.

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