Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

    • 19 Feb -
      21 Mar 2020
      19 Feb - 21 Mar 2020

    Director David Mercatali / Designer Anisha Fields

    Martha Pooky Quesnel
    Mark Meadows
    Joseph Tweedale
    Francesca Henry
    Full cast announcement

    George and Martha invite Nick and Honey to join them for a nightcap. It’s way too late in the evening, but what do they have to lose?

    David Mercatali (Blue Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Radiant Vermin) returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres to direct Edward Albee’s landmark black comedy. By turns brilliantly funny and utterly devastating, you won’t want to look away.

    Two professors and their wives living the American Dream. Following an innocent invitation after a college campus party, the paper-thin illusion that all is well starts to peel away as George and Martha realise they have a captive audience for their toxic domestic games. As dawn approaches, there is only one way this party can end. And whether they like it or not, everyone must play their part.

    Pull up a chair and fix yourself a drink.

    Our new co-production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? builds on the electrifying drama of past Tobacco Factory Theatres productions such as Blue Heart, A View From the Bridge, Macbeth and Beautiful Thing. We are thrilled to present this exhilarating masterpiece in the intimacy of our Factory Theatre before taking it to our co-producers Wiltshire Creative in Salisbury.

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.

    • RUNNING TIMEApprox 3hrs (inc. interval)
    • TICKETSFrom £12 (subject to availability). Please select Buy Tickets for more details.
    • VENUE

    AGE RECOMMENDATION 14+ (contains strong language and adult themes)


    7.30pm /
    Matinees Thu  (except 20 & 27 Feb) & Sat 2pm

    No show Sun

    Performances on Wed 19 – Sat 22 February are previews.

    Fri 28 February 7.30pm

    Please join us after the 7.30pm performance on Fri 06 March for a free post show discussion.

    Fri 06 March
    Join Director David Mercatali on the set of his production Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for a day exploring the text and the possibilities it offers.

    MULTIBUYS Book 3 or more shows SAVE 15% and Book 5 or more shows SAVE 20%.

    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performances on Thu 20 February 7.30pm and Thu 12 March 7.30pm. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.

    • “It is punctuated by comedy and its laughter is shot through with savage irony”

      New York Times on the original production, Broadway 1962
    • ****

      “Exhilarating revival…which modulates from brisk puzzling playfulness to a sort of bleak poignancy”

      The Independent on Blue Heart, directed by David Mercatali
    • ****

      “David Mercatali’s impressively crisp revival…revels in every opportunity for comedy, ensuring that [the] pieces have an unexpected warmth — albeit one edged with darkness”

      The Evening Standard on Blue Heart, directed by David Mercatali
    • “a sharp illustration of…a darker form of social and political critique.”

      The Financial Times on Blue Heart, directed by David Mercatali
    • ****

      “The most precise, intense and breathtaking piece of performance, masterfully directed”

      The Stage on Radiant Vermin, directed by David Mercatali
    • ****

      “A darkly funny morality play... extraordinary”

      The Guardian on Radiant Vermin, directed by David Mercatali

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