Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary production in South Africa starring Alan Committie.
- The theatrical classic will be staged at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre as well as the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town.
- WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF is regarded by many as one of the more powerful explorations of relationship dynamics.
- This year the play celebrates its 60th anniversary.
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Back in 1962, audiences and critics alike could not get enough of Edward Albee’s masterful play, a dark comedy, portraying husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games with a younger couple, Nick and Honey, who get caught up in the battle.
By the evening’s end, a stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years. With the play’s razor-sharp dialogue, witty and hilarious scenarios and the stripping away of social pretense it has been described as “a brilliantly original work of art, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire” by Newsweek.
On the auspicious occasion of its’ 60th anniversary, directing Edward Albee’s extraordinary ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ feels like an electrifying rite of passage, and I am both humbled and thrilled! This superbly penned dark comedy is a beast; a timeless classic that plays out over the length of a single evening during which Bourbon and Brandy are consumed in vast quantities by its four protagonists.
// Director, Sylvaine Strike
This production is in the wonderfully capable hands of a multi award-winning team:
- Sylvaine Strike (Fleur du cap best director for Endgame)
- Alan Committie (Fleur du cap best actor for Richard III)
- Robyn Scott (Fleur du cap best actress for Elizabeth – Almost a Woman)
- Sanda Shandu (Fleur du cap best supporting actor for King Kong)
- Berenice Barbier (making her professional stage debut)
The show is designed by Wolf Britz (fleur du cap best lighting design for Valsrivier).
I am so excited to be working with an absolutely luminous cast. The iconic roles of the evening’s hosts George and Martha played by the two formidable theatrical forces that are Alan Committie and Robyn Scott, and introducing the terrific Sanda Shandu and Berenice Barbier in the roles of their innocent guests Nick and Honey.
// Director, Sylvaine Strike
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF will run at Theatre on the Bay from September 16 to October 8, with performances every Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm and a Saturday matinee at 4pm.
It will then move to Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino theatre in Fourways, where it will run from October 14 to November 6. There will be performances Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.
The production carries a suggested age appropriate restriction of no under 13’s. Tickets are now available through Computicket or by calling the theatre: +27-11-511-1988.
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