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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway join cast

Imogen Poots. Photo by Sam Jones.

Casting news

IMOGEN Poots (as Honey) and Luke Treadaway (Nick) will join the previously announced Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill in the new production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Directed by James Macdonald, it runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited 13-week season – from March 9 (previews from February 22) to May 27, 2017.

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 Nick and his wife Honey 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.

Imogen Poots, who will be making her West End debut in the production, made her breakthrough performance as Tammy in the film 28 Weeks Later. She won the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Look of Love in 2013 and was nominated for Best Actress at the 2015 Evening Standard British Film Awards for her role in Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way.

Her other film credits include Terrence Mallick’s The Knight of Cups, Green Room, Filth, Jimi: All Is By My Side, A Late Quartet and Jane Eyre. Poots will next be seen starring opposite Michael Shannon in Frank and Lola, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. On television, she recently played the female lead in Cameron Crowe’s debut television series Roadies.

Luke Treadaway. Photo by Simon Harris.

Luke Treadaway won an Olivier Award for his performance as Christopher in the internationally acclaimed hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre/West End) and also originated the role of Albert in the earliest production of War Horse, again at the National. His other theatre work includes Over There (Royal Court), Piranha Heights (Soho Theatre) and Saint Joan (National Theatre).

For film, Treadaway plays the lead in the upcoming Sony Pictures release A Street Cat Named Bob, adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel. His other film credits include Unbroken, Attack the Block, The Whistleblower, Clash of the Titans, Tonight You’re Mine, Heartless, The Rise and Brothers of the Head.

In January, he returns to his TV role of scientist Vincent Rattrey in the second series of Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed Fortitude. His other TV credits include the lead character of Alex Higgins in BBC’s The Rack Pack, the Duke of Richmond in the second series of The Hollow Crown (BBC/NBC/Neal Street Productions) and Sky Arts mini-series The Nightmare World of H.G. Wells with Michael Gambon.

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Images: Top – Imogen Poots by Sam Jones; Bottom – Luke Treadaway by Simon Harris.