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8 reasons why Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is the play you need to see this spring


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Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Is currently playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and it's already one of the most talked about productions of the season. Here’s why you must must MUST go and see it.

1. It’s a classic

The play was originally written in 1962 by Edward Albee. This compelling tale of George and Marthas' 'alternative truth' based marriage - told over the course of one drunken evening - earnt Albee his first Tony award and opened to incredible critical acclaim. Any play that can stand the test of time is a sure fire hit - and a story that is just as relevant today as it was 55 years ago is a story worth telling.

2. It’s had amazing reviews

The 'blistering' revival of Albee’s classic opened to remarkable five star reviews, with the Financial Times describing it as ‘Intoxicatingly good’ and The Independent saying it was ‘One of the greatest feats of acting I have witnessed.’ Everyone seems to be united in one fact; this production is damn good.

3. Imelda Staunton!

The unadulterated queen of the West End is back in a meaty, intense and exciting role. Imelda has cemented herself as one of the greatest stage performers of a generation and there’s no doubt she’s living up to expectations as Martha - The Guardian has described her performance as her ‘magnificent best’ and The Financial Times said she was ‘superb’.

4. Tickets from just £15

The list still isn’t finished and any one of the above reasons would be enough to go and grab a ticket. But the even better news is that you can grab a ticket for just £15. For every performance 100 tickets are released at just £15. So for less than a 20 pound note you can experience some of the most intense drama in town, an award-winning play, a phenomenal cast and a night out? I think that’s a no-brainer.

5. TodayTix Rush tickets!

If you can’t nab one of the £15 tickets, then fear not! Download TodayTix on your phone (a handy little app with loads of ticket offers) and you can get £20 tickets online on the day of the performance. Pretty good, right?

6. Conleth Hill

Matching Imelda Staunton with a damn good leading man could be considered a difficult feat… in comes Conleth Hill. The Olivier award-winning actor has dabbled on and off stage in his glittering career including roles in Game of Thrones and The Producers. Now playing George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Evening Standard said, ‘Conleth Hill is superb. Exquisite.’

7. …the rest of the cast are pretty awesome too

Joining Imelda and Conleth are Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway. This is Poots’ West End debut but having had a hugely successful screen career that has spanned almost ten years (she’s only 27), there’s no doubt Imogen is ready to strut her stuff on London’s stage. Treadaway won the Olivier Award for Best Leading Actor for his performance as Christopher in the National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime in 2013, so we know he’s bloody good. The pair were described as ‘terrific’ in Metro’s five-star review.

8. The writer has won multiple Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize

If you’re not convinced by the cast or the tickets or the awesome reviews, then maybe you’ll be convinced by the writing. Edward Albee was one of America's most important and influential playwrights. Three of his plays won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and two of his other works won the Tony Award for Best Play - so it’s safe to say this show isn’t going to let you down.

The play is running at The Harold Pinter Theatre until 28th May 2017. Find out more here. 

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