Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf Glasgow Tickets
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Glasgow Tickets
The libretto of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was the first full-length play produced by playwright Edward Albee. It thrust him into the spotlight, causing him to become an overnight sensation in the theatre world. Like his predecessors before him, Albee used absurdist techniques and mixed them with the realism of mainstream American drama at the time to attack the American ideal.
The famous play has become known as one of the most important works of art made during the 1960s countercultural revolution, and has only gained momentum and popularity since its release in 1962.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf production history
The original Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf opened in 1962 and ran for a total of 669 performances, starring Arthur Hill and Uta Hagen as George and Martha. The story follows the deteriorating relationship of a middle-aged married couple through a night of daring fun and games, and culminates in an ending that has shocked audiences for over 40 years.
The original Broadway run of the play won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and was initially selected as a candidate for the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but the advisory board overturned the decision because of the play's profanity and sensual themes. Tracy Letts, who played George in the 2010 production, won the Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance.
The classic production also garnered the Foreign Press Association Award in 1963, Antoinette Perry Award in 1963, Outer Circle Award in 1963, Variety Drama Critics' Poll Award in 1963 and the Evening Standard Award in 1964.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf interesting facts
Mike Nichols directed a film adaptation of the play released in 1966 that starred Hollywood power couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The adaptation was a big success, winning Taylor an Oscar for her performance and earning the film 13 Academy Award nominations in the areas of Best Picture, Best Director and more.
The play's title refers to the famous English writer Virginia Woolf and is a mix between an ode to her as well as a reference to the song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" from the Disney animated version of The Three Little Pigs. Albee was quoted as saying that, "I was in there having a beer one night, and I saw "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" scrawled in soap, I suppose, on this mirror. When I started to write the play it cropped up in my mind again. And of course, who's afraid of Virginia Woolf means who's afraid of the big bad wolf... who's afraid of living life without false illusions. And it did strike me as being a rather typical, university intellectual joke."
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Glasgow locals who are fans of the hit theatre production but can't make it to the run of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf can purchase tickets to see other spectacular shows at the Theatre Royal Glasgow. Take a look at Jane Eyre Glasgow tickets for something similar in tone and emotional impact.
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