Stage is set for iconic dark comedy - The Rugby Observer

Stage is set for iconic dark comedy

Rugby Editorial 4th Mar, 2024   0

AN ICONIC portrayal of dysfunctional and self-destructive marriage is coming to the stage at Rugby Theatre this weekend.

The Henry Street venue is staging a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

The play delves into the lives of George and Martha, a middle-aged couple whose seemingly ordinary evening takes a tumultuous turn when they invite a younger couple over for drinks. As the night unfolds, layers of deception and bitterness are exposed, challenging the fabric of their relationships.

The play deals with themes including truth and illusion, father-daughter relationships, and childlessness.

Director Malcolm Fawcett said: “Ever since seeing the iconic film version of 1966 – which won Oscars for Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis, and nominations for Richard Burton and George Segal – I have been enthralled by this quite remarkable play.

“What makes it work so well is not just the superb writing by Edward Albee, but the way the plot twists and turns, leaving the audience never quite able to relax, such is the nature of the shocking personal revelations and jaw-dropping verbal confrontations.

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is now considered a 20th century masterpiece, and is on study programmes here and in the USA.

“Squirm, be shocked, laugh and be prepared to feel more than a little uncomfortable at times… but most of all enjoy.”

Audiences don’t need to know anything about writer Virginia Woolf to watch the show – the title is simply taken from a play on words with her name.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf takes place from March 9-16 at Rugby Theatre, with discounted £12 early bird tickets available for the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening shows. See or call the box office on 01788 541234 for tickets.

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