Acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? brings savage one-liners to Melbourne in July

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Acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? brings savage one-liners to Melbourne in July

Words by Staff Writer

The critically acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is coming to the Comedy Theatre for a strictly limited season from 29 June.

Sold out even before it opened last year, this explosive play will star stage and screen legend, Logie and AFI Award winner Kat Stewart(Underbelly, Offspring, Disgraced, Heisenberg), directed by Helpmann Award winner Sarah Goodes (Sunday, The Children, Julia).

In this jet-black comedy featuring some of the most cracking dialogue and savage one-liners ever written for the stage, real-life couple, Kat Stewart and David Whiteley play Martha and George, whose marriage is served up to their unwitting guests, played by Emily Goddard and Harvey Zielinski, as a taste of the humiliations and the inevitable compromises to come.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
  • Opens June 29
  • Pre-sale tickets now available here

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One of the greatest plays ever written

Written by Edward Albee, first performed in 1962 and set on the campus of a small New England college, the original story revolves around a middle-aged couple, George and Martha, who invite a younger couple, Nick and Honey, over for drinks after a faculty party. As the evening progresses, tensions rise and the four characters engage in a series of verbal and emotional battles, revealing deep-seated insecurities, frustrations, and secrets.

The title of the play refers to a song Martha sings drunkenly, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The song is symbolic of the characters’ fears and vulnerabilities, as well as their desire to escape from the harsh realities of their lives. Throughout the play, themes of illusion versus reality, the breakdown of communication, and the nature of truth are explored in a raw and intense manner.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is celebrated for its sharp dialogue, complex characters, and exploration of the darker aspects of human relationships. It has been adapted into a highly acclaimed film and remains a classic of American theatre.

Special preview tickets are now available for just $89, valid on the first three performances from 29 June – 2 July.

Priority pre-sale access is only available for a limited period and general public sale starts Friday, 19 April. Book pre-sale here.