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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
February 5 - February 9
This enduring masterpiece of American drama was first staged in 1962 but its portrayal of a destructive marriage, based on toxic illusions, has lost none of its mesmerising power.
George is a middle-aged history professor at an American college. He and his wife Martha attend a faculty party and return home in the early hours of the morning, when George discovers, much to his displeasure, that Martha has invited a new professor and his young wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s terrifying games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
The title of the play is a pun on the song ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?’ from Walt Disney’s Three Little Pigs (1933), substituting the name of the celebrated English author Virginia Woolf. Martha and George repeatedly sing this version of the song.
‘The most wickedly entertaining, most viciously nasty … play in the American canon’ The Telegraph
‘The humour is merciless and the pain exquisite’ Evening Standard
A Workington Playgoers Production
Running Time: 2.5hrs with intermission