Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf @ Harold Pinter Theatre

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a play that follows Martha and George over the course of one night. After attending a faculty meeting at the university George works at, they invite a couple who are new in town back to theirs for more alcoholic endeavors. As the night and games unravel, so do the two relationships.

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Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill lead the 4 piece company as Martha and George. They have brilliant chemistry together and bounce off each other exceptionally well. But this is very much Staunton’s show. Even when she wasn’t speaking, I couldn’t take my eyes off her. There’s fantastic support from Luke Treadaway & Imogen Poots as Nick & Honey, but again it’s very much Staunton’s show.

I really enjoyed the direction in this play. James MacDonald frequently positions the couples opposite each other, as if the younger couple are looking at their future. It’s a well written play but for a Friday night after a really hard day, it’s not the most ideal play to watch. As it goes on and becomes packed with more & more emotional games, it feels quite dragged out. With a running time of 3 hours (including 1 intermission and a 5 minute pause), it’s worth sitting through for Staunton’s performance.

For more information you can visit http://whosafraidofvirginiawoolf.co.uk/ 

Until next time.

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