2005 Broadway Revival of Virginia Woolf Moves to London, Cast Intact

News   2005 Broadway Revival of Virginia Woolf Moves to London, Cast Intact Kathleen Turner is to return to the West End in the new year, taking with her Anthony Page’s Broadway production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. The play will open at the Apollo Jan. 31 with previews from Jan. 20.
Kathleen Turner in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Kathleen Turner in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Photo by Paul Kolnick

For the transfer, Turner will be accompanied by the full Broadway cast, including Bill Irwin who, playing George opposite Turner's Martha, won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. All four of the production’s cast were nominated for Tonys. The revival opened March 20, 2005 and closed Sept. 5 after 8 previews and 177 performances. The West End last saw Edward Albee’s 1962 classic in 1996 in a production that starred David Suchet and Diana Rigg as the husband and wife locked in a love-hate marriage.

Caught up in the cycle of alcohol-fuelled marital abuse is the visiting young couple Nick and Honey (played in Page’s production by David Harbour and Mireille Enos) who become prey to Martha’s and George’s all-out verbal warfare.

The transfer means the West End will be hosting two Page productions at the same time, both of them American classics. The director’s revival of Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana starring Woody Harrelson and Clare Higgins, opens Dec. 5, just next door to the Apollo on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Turner made her West End debut in 2000 playing Mrs Robinson in Terry Johnson’s stage adaptation of “The Gradute”. The Hollywood siren, whose movie career peaked in the eighties and early nineties with films such as “The War of the Roses”, “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Prizzi’s Honor”, was once quoted to have said that any man who doesn’t notice her when she enters a room, must be gay.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is produced by Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer.

Bill Irwin, Mirelle Enos, Kathleen Turner and David Harbour in <i>Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</i>
Bill Irwin, Mirelle Enos, Kathleen Turner and David Harbour in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Photo by Joan Marcus