The most bellicose couple in American drama, George and Martha, are returning to Broadway next spring to continue the fight.
Producer Scott Rudin announced today that Edward Albee’s ageless 1962 masterwork Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, an unflinching portrait of marital allegiance and warfare set over the course of a boozy night on a New England college campus, will be revived in a production to star Laurie Metcalf as Martha, Eddie Izzard as George, Russell Tovey as Nick and Patsy Ferran as Honey.
Izzard will be making his first Broadway appearance in ten years. He landed a Tony nomination for best actor in a play for his 2003 debut in Peter Nichols’ A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and returned in 2010 in the David Mamet play, Race.
Handsome Russell Tovey appeared opposite Mark Strong on Broadway in the Tony-winning 2015 revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, also produced by Rudin. The actor made his Broadway debut in 2006 in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, which won that year’s Tony Award for best play, among others, and helped propel the careers of a raft of young British theater, television and film actors, including James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker.
Spanish-British stage actress Ferran will be making her Broadway debut in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, fresh from winning this year’s Olivier Award as best actress for the Almeida Theatre production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke.