Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The thought of three hours of marital screaming and bickering was not really appealing, but once again, the star sold the show. Imelda Staunton is an amazing actor, and with her brilliant supporting cast, Conleth Hill as George and Luke Treadway and Imogen Poots as the young couple, Honey and Nick, the audience was rivetted from the opening moment.

We wondered if the English cast would use American accents, and if so, would they be able to maintain them for the full three hours? Yes, and yes. You would swear that all four were Americans.

Everyone knows the basic story, the fighting, but ignores or forgets the love story that is also part of the play. At the end we saw the real talent of Imelda Staunton as she shifted from the screaming, swearing harridan to the  sad and afraid woman alone with the man she loves, who loves her.

The Standing ovation was well deserved! Even Keith leapt to his feet. A second great night of theatre on this trip.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Yes, it was worth a real standing ovation. People rolled their eyes when we said we were going to see this, and suggested drinks before if we did.
    However, I am really glad we didn’t miss it. Although Martha owns the play – and Imelda Staunton dominated the stage, Conleth Hill’s George was her match. I felt sorry for Luke Treadway and Imogen Poots, as their parts don’t give them the same opportunity to stretch, but they certainly filled their roles well.
    Great language and great acting. I barely noticed the scenery or lighting, so they were probably great too!
    A wonderful show.

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