Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? begins performances on Broadway

The Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is set for an official opening at the Booth Theatre on April 9, 2020.

Patsy Ferran, Rupert Everett, Laurie Metcalf & Russell Tovey

Let the battle commence! The 2020 Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, begins previews at the Booth Theatre tonight. An official opening is scheduled for April 9, with the limited engagement running through August 2, 2020.

The star-studded cast is led by two-time Tony Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf (as Martha), two-time Golden Globe & three-time Olivier Award nominee Rupert Everett (as George), Russell Tovey (as Nick), and Olivier Award winner Patsy Ferran (as Honey).

Ms. Metcalf now earns the rare distinction of having performed major starring roles on Broadway in five consecutive seasons.

Synopsis: "Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? explores the tensions and the complex nature of the marriage of a middle-aged couple named Martha and George. The play is set late one evening, following a university faculty party, as they invite a younger, unsuspecting couple, Nick and Honey, back to their house and draw them unwillingly into their frustrated and bitter feud."

The creative team features scenic design by Tony Award nominee Miriam Buether, lighting design by nine-time Tony Award winner Jules Fisher & three-time Tony Award winner Peggy Eisenhauer, and costume design by Tony and Academy Award winner Ann Roth.

Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? first premiered on Broadway in the fall of 1962 and went on to pick up a total of 5 Tony Awards at the 1963 ceremony, including 'Best Play.' New York audiences were stunned with its "radical, provocative, and unflinching portrait of a marriage," which allowed Edward Albee to be instantly celebrated as the most important American playwright of his generation. After an acclaimed 1966 film adaptation, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, subsequent Broadway revivals were staged in 1976, 2005, and 2012, with this 2020 production marking the play's fourth Broadway revival.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Tickets are available now for performances through August 2, 2020.

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