Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? sees an Australian acting power-couple hit the stage

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Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? sees an Australian acting power-couple hit the stage

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Don’t miss Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? starring Logie and AFI Award winner Kat Stewart (Underbelly, Offspring, Disgraced, Heisenberg).

This critically acclaimed Red Stitch production opens at the Comedy Theatre next month for a strictly limited season from Saturday 29 June.

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. This masterful play is an ode to the heartbreak of middle age.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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

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Due to demand, final performances have been added from Tuesday 16 to Sunday 21 July and Marriner Group subscribers have priority access before they go on sale to the general public at 9am this Friday. No further extension is possible.

Directed by Helpmann Award winner Sarah Goodes (Sunday, The Children, Julia), this jet-black comedy features some of the most cracking dialogue and savage one-liners ever written for the stage.

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.

See it first with preview tickets $89 for the first three performances.