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50th anniversary of award winning play at Barn Theatre, Dartington

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

party games: Sarah Thomson, Richard Haighton and Phil Ives in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf

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THIS year sees the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and in honour of the anniversary Dartington Playgoers present this multi award winning play at the Barn Theatre, Dartington Hall this week until Saturday.

The play, which is best known for the film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, presents a tale of two troubled marriages.

George and Martha's persistent and cruel verbal sparring dominates the action, and the façade of Nick and Honey's good relationship crumbles as the play goes on.

The sequence of destructive "party games" imaginatively entitled Humiliate the Host; Get the Guests; Hump the Hostess; provide both a witty and a deeply sad backdrop to the play , and show Albee's skill for writing narrative speeches.

However, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is about much more than relationships.

It touches on two considerations very much at the forefront of our political thinking: the role and the value of higher education in our society; and our relationship with money and what we can and cannot buy with it.

For tickets, call the box office on 01803 847070 or visit www.dartington.org.arts

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