Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


By Edward Albee

A unique theatrical experience
“…Who’s afraid of living life without false illusions?”- Edward Albee
George is a grizzled academic, wryly intelligent and pithily sarcastic. His highly vocal and critical wife, Martha, despairs for his lack of ambition. Nevertheless, they love each other, tied together by a history of secrets. Nick is young, handsome and ambitious. His wife, Honey, is pitiable and naïve. They are completely out of their depth in this a scathingly funny, clever battle of wits.
In an alcohol fuelled battleground, secrets are exposed and we are left to ponder – does the truth destroy or strengthen a relationship?

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is one of the most significant plays of the 1960’s. It was a huge hit when it was first produced in 1962 and spawned a seminal 1960’s movie of the same name starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and a very young George Segal. The film was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards and won five.

Performed in situ at the Fort Nelson House in Sandy Bay designed by Tasmania’s foremost modernist architect of the post Second World War period, Esmond Dorney, the audience will sit in the lounge room with the play’s characters for the entire performance. The Fort Nelson House is one of Hobart’s architectural treasures, now in public ownership. It is a perfect, authentic and unusual venue for this classic production.

Director: Sue Benner
Cast: Rowan Harris, Karissa Lane, Jane Longhurst & Jeff Michel

Dates: 18-29 November, Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm*
Venue: Fort Nelson House* on Porter Hill – Bus from Beach Rd Car Park at 7PM.

The venue for the performance is formerly a private house located high up on Porter Hill and getting to it involves use of a steep path and several steps.
The venue is therefore not accessible for people who use wheelchairs or who have significant mobility disability.
If you have another type of disability that may make it difficult for you to attend the performance without assistance, please contact TTC on 03 6234 8561 or email:  info@prehistory.tastheatre.com to discuss any assistance you might require prior to booking.

Duration: 160 minutes (inc. two intervals)
Patron’s advise: Contains occasional use of strong language.


$55 Adult / $45 TTC Friend Adult
$48 Senior / $38 TTC Friend Senior
$39 Concession / $29 TTC Friend Concession
$30 Under 30 / $20 TTC Friend Under 30 (door sales only)

*Venue Info: Park in the Beach Road Car Park, Lower Sandy Bay by 7pm.
Patrons will be bussed to and from the house as there is no private car access. Don’t be late!
Latecomers will miss the bus and therefore the performance.

The Fort Nelson environment contains narrow paths, stairs without railings and uneven surfaces.
Contact TTC if you have any concerns – PH. 6234 8561 E. info@prehistory.tastheatre.com

Seating is very limited – advanced booking is strongly advised.

This production has been made possible
with the generous support of
the Hobart City Council

2014 Brochure Design ~ Image Credit ~ Richard Parkinson

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