Opera House to screen ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a new National Theatre production of the Edward Albee classic, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” captured live via satellite from the stage of London’s Harold Pinter Theatre. It will be presented this Saturday at 1 p.m.

National Theatre Live presents Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill (“Game of Thrones”), Luke Treadaway (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime”) and Imogen Poots in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed 5-Star production of Albee’s landmark play.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Critics praise the production. “Imelda Staunton is at her magnificent best. A first-rate revival of an astonishing play,” notes The Guardian, while London’s Financial Times calls it “a blistering production. Intoxicatingly good.”

Tickets to “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” are $15 ($10 students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org. In addition, Live in HD Series Flex Subscription tickets ($116 for eight tickets) can be used at any of the National Theatre Live productions.

The Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member. Headset funding provided by Robert & Marilyn Maytum, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club, and by a grant from Theatre Development Fund’s TAP Plus program in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts. Support for the program also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in village hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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