The U.K. revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Elizabeth McGovern, officially opens January 18 following previews that began January 13.
Directed by Lindsay Posner, the Tony-winning play will continue at Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio through February 11.
McGovern, best known for playing Cora Crawley on Downton Abbey, plays Martha, joined by Dougray Scott (Enigma, Mission: Impossible 2) as George, Charles Aitken (RSC’s Coriolanus) as Nick, and Gina Bramhill (Being Human) as Honey.
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For the uninitiated, Albee’s 1962 play follows an older married couple (Martha and George) who invite a younger pair over for drinks and games. As the night wears on, dark secrets begin to spill out, sending both relationships on a destructive path.
McGovern was Oscar-nominated for her portrayal of Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime and had leading roles in Once Upon a Time in America, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Wings of the Dove. Her recent stage credits include Broadway's Time and the Conways and the U.K. tour of God of Carnage.
The production also has set and costume design by Paul Wills, lighting design by Paul Pyant, sound design by Gregory Clarke, assistant direction by George Jibson, casting by Ginny Schiller, movement and fight direction by Ruth Cooper-Brown, and dialect coaching by Michaela Kennen.