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    Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

    • 19 Feb -
      21 Mar 2020
      19 Feb - 21 Mar 2020

    Please see our statement regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic

    We have sadly cancelled all further performances of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? We are contacting all ticket holders to ask them to gift the cost of their ticket as a donation to the theatre, credit accounts or to arrange refunds. Please bear with us while we work through this as quickly as we can.

    Director David Mercatali / Designer Anisha Fields

    Martha Pooky Quesnel
    Mark Meadows
    Joseph Tweedale
    Francesca Henry
    Full cast announcement

    We’ve got lots of juicy, behind the scenes content to accompany our production. Find it all here!

    George and Martha invite Nick and Honey to join them for a nightcap. It’s way too late in the evening, but what do they have to lose?

    David Mercatali (Blue Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Radiant Vermin) returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres to direct Edward Albee’s landmark black comedy. By turns brilliantly funny and utterly devastating, you won’t want to look away.

    Two professors and their wives living the American Dream. Following an innocent invitation after a college campus party, the paper-thin illusion that all is well starts to peel away as George and Martha realise they have a captive audience for their toxic domestic games. As dawn approaches, there is only one way this party can end. And whether they like it or not, everyone must play their part.

    Pull up a chair and fix yourself a drink.

    Our new co-production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? builds on the electrifying drama of past Tobacco Factory Theatres productions such as Blue Heart, A View From the Bridge, Macbeth and Beautiful Thing. We are thrilled to present this exhilarating masterpiece in the intimacy of our Factory Theatre before taking it to our co-producers Wiltshire Creative in Salisbury.

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.

    • RUNNING TIMEApprox 3hrs 15mins (inc. interval - see below)
    • TICKETSFrom £12 (subject to availability). Please select Buy Tickets for more details.
    • VENUE


    AGE RECOMMENDATION 14+ (contains strong language and adult themes)

    POTENTIAL TRIGGERS Read about potential trigger warnings here

    7.30pm / Matinees Thu  (except 20 & 27 Feb) & Sat 2pm
    No show Sun

    RUNNING TIME Approx. 3hrs 15mins, including one 15 minute interval between Acts One and Two and a brief pause of 5 minutes between Acts Two and Three.

    Performances on Wed 19 – Sat 22 February are previews.

    Fri 28 February 7.30pm

    Fri 06 March
    Join Director David Mercatali on the set of his production Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for a day exploring the text and the possibilities it offers.

    MULTIBUYS Book 3 or more shows SAVE 15% and Book 5 or more shows SAVE 20%.

    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performances on Thu 20 February 7.30pm and Thu 12 March 7.30pm. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.

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      "This fine revival by David Mercatali...packs a considerable punch, with a stripped-back, no-holds-barred production and excellent performances from Albee’s quartet of combatants"

      The Times
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      "By the climactic end of the show, there is a feeling that we have intruded on a particularly damaging evening of their lives, but a tour de force to watch"

      Broadway World
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      "Tobacco Factory Theatres have put together a truly splendid production of this fascinating play"

      UK Theatre Web
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      "Raw emotions and hidden sensitivities not only laid bare but poked and prodded until they bleed"

      Theatre Weekly
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      "Director David Mercatali draws out its bizarre, operatic energy"

      The Stage
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      "In the booze-soaked chaos that ensues, we delve deep into George and Martha’s relationship and its secrets"

      The Reviews Hub
    • "A couple stabbing one another to death on stage, mercilessly plunging the emotional knife in over and over and over again"

      Bristol 247
    • "We witness all the raw humour and gladiatorial savagery of Martha and George’s confrontational marriage unravelling in compelling close-up"

      British Theatre Guide
    • “It is punctuated by comedy and its laughter is shot through with savage irony.”

      New York Times on the original production, Broadway 1962
    • “a sharp illustration of…a darker form of social and political critique.”

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      “The most precise, intense and breathtaking piece of performance, masterfully directed.”

      The Stage on Radiant Vermin, directed by David Mercatali
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      “A darkly funny morality play... extraordinary”

      The Guardian on Radiant Vermin, directed by David Mercatali

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