Jonathan Pryce Will Star in Broadway Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2004-05

News   Jonathan Pryce Will Star in Broadway Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2004-05
Jonathan Pryce will star as George in a 2004-05 revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Variety reported, citing producer Elizabeth McCann.
Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce

The production will be the first Broadway revival of the landmark drama since 1976. That mounting, directed by the playwright, ran 117 performances.

No Martha has been named?something of an oddity in that many mountings of Woolf hinge on the casting of the volcanic role created by the recently deceased Uta Hagen. Pryce got a chance to experience the great Hagen's Martha on Nov. 14, 1999, in New York, and on April 16, 2000, in Los Angeles, when the two appeared in a couple celebrated benefit readings of the Woolf. Proceeds from the events went to Hagen's HB Playwrights Foundation and Theatre.

Pryce last appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, for which he won a Tony Award. He is currently acting in Albee's The Goat in the West End.

In 2002, reports emerged that Jessica Lange and Ed Harris had expressed interest in playing the lead roles of Martha and George. Other actresses mentioned from time to time as being eager the play Martha are Mercedes Ruehl, Christine Lahti, Judith Ivey, Bette Midler, Patti LuPone and Stockard Channing.

On Sept. 4, Albee told Playbill On-Line, "So many people want to do it and so many people aren't right.... This is the first revival in New York since I directed it in 1976 with Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazzara. Why waste a production?"

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