Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Olivier Award-winning actors Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star in a new production of award-winning playwright Edward Albee’s legendary play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Directed by James Macdonald (The Father, Escaped Alone), the play follows a toxic married couple who lure in an innocent duo at some after-hours drinks. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? sees Imelda Staunton return to the West End for the first time since her hugely acclaimed performance in Gypsy.
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Booking until 27 May 2017

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Previously the theatre was named the Comedy Theatre, but was renamed to honour playwright Harold Pinter when he passed. Originally opening in 1881 with comic opera The Mascotte, the building housed operettas and small comedies, with world premieres of Falka (1883) and Erminie (1885).

Pre-War performances included Raffles (1906), and Peg O’ Heart of Mine (1914). Throughout the First World War. the venue began to establish itself in the West End, hosting revue shows from Charles Blake Cochran and Andre Charlot. The Comedy Theatre also was pivotal in overturning theatre censorship, staging productions such as premiere's of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge and Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Throughout the 90’s the theatre became home to a large number of Harold Pinter plays including The Homecoming (1991), The Caretaker (1992), Moonlight (1995) and The Hothouse (1995). Soon, a mixture of productions began to come into the Comedy Theatre, with notable shows including Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane (2006), The Rocky Horror Show (2007), starring David Bedella, Dickens Unplugged (2008) and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard (2008-2009), directed by Craig Revel Horwood.

A range of stars have appeared at the theatre, including Matt Lucas in Prick Up Your Ears (2009), Keira Knightley and Damian Lewis in The Misanthrope (2010), Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley in La Bete (2010). In 2011, ATG bought the venue and renamed it the Harold Pinter Theatre, in honour of the playwright. Keira Knightley starred in The Children's Hour (2011) after this, with Kristin Scott Thomas in Betrayal (2011) and Thandie Newton in Death and the Maiden (2011-2012).

Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends (2012) received an acclaimed revival, starring Kara Tointon and Reece Shearsmith, which was followed by a Terence Rattigan and David Hare double-bill of South Downs and The Browning Version (2012), with Anna Chancellor. Another Ayckbourn play received an all-star revival, with A Chorus of Disapproval (2012-2013) starring Rob Brydon, Nigel Harman and Ashley Jensen.

A quick turnover of shows followed, including Rufus Sewell, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams in Old Times (2013), a five-star, critically acclaimed revival of musical Merrily We Roll Along (2013), Chimerica (2013), Jez Butterworth's Mojo (2013-2014), starring Rupert Grint, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Coyle, Noel Coward's Relative Values (2014) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2014).

In 2014, Olivier Award-winning The Kinks' musical Sunny Afternoon transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre from the Hampstead Theatre, where it remained for an impressive two years. Following the musical's departure, Mark Rylance's Broadway play Nice Fish (2016) transfers, followed by Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017).

Past Shows

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Nice Fish
(closed 11 Feb 2017)
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Sunny Afternoon
(closed 29 Oct 2016)
The importance of being Earnest
The Importance Of Being Earnest
(closed 20 Sep 2014)

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Relative Values
(closed 21 Jun 2014)
Mojo Harold Pinter Theatre
(closed 8 Feb 2014)
Chimerica 100x150
(closed 16 Oct 2013)

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Merrily We Roll Along
(closed 27 Jul 2013)
Old Times
(closed 6 Apr 2013)
ACOD Encore 100x150
A Chorus of Disapproval
(closed 5 Jan 2013)

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South Downs and The Browning Version
(closed 21 Jul 2012)
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Absent Friends
(closed 14 Apr 2012)