Previews to start January 20
The West End soon will be playing “get the guest.” Anthony Page’s recent Broadway revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will open Jan. 31 at the Apollo Theater, following previews starting Jan. 20.
Plan is for a four-month run through May 13.
The New York cast, headed by Kathleen Turner, is crossing the Atlantic intact, with Tony winner Bill Irwin, Mireille Enos and David Harbour again along for the ride. At the nearby Gielgud Theater, Turner originated the stage role of Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate”; she also appeared twice at the Chichester Festival Theater in Sussex.
In New York last season, Edward Albee’s landmark play got rave reviews, but did disappointing biz and closed early.
London often has been more hospitable to Broadway revivals of American classics: Jonathan Miller’s production of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” was a Broadway flop two decades ago but a subsequent West End smash: Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey led both casts.
“Woolf” marks a mini-colonization of Shaftesbury Avenue by Brit helmer Page, who will be repped next door to the Albee revival by the concurrent run of Tennessee Williams’s “Night of the Iguana,” starring Woody Harrelson, at the Lyric Theater.