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Cast announced for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Virginia Woolf Cast
18 February 2020

Wiltshire Creative is delighted to announce the casting of its co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for spring 2020.

Pooky Quesnel and Mark Meadows will play Martha and George, the warring couple at the heart of Albee’s exhilarating black comedy. Pooky Quesnel’s theatre credits include The Suicide for the National Theatre and Romeo & Juliet for Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, but she will also be well known to audiences for her roles in several television series, including W1A, The A Word and Great Expectations.

Mark Meadows trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has had an extensive career on stage. He will be most recently known to audiences at Salisbury Playhouse for roles in The Magna Carta PlaysA Man of No Importance and The Spire.

Playing Nick and Honey, the younger couple drawn into Martha and George’s toxic games, will be Joseph Tweedale and Francesca Henry. Joseph Tweedale has starred in the last two Tobacco Factory Company seasons (Macbeth and A View From the Bridge in 2018 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Our Country’s Good in 2019). Having recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Francesca Henry has appeared in Our Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

David Mercatali (Blue Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Radiant Vermin) has directed this exhilarating masterpiece at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol before bringing the production to Salisbury Playhouse.

David said: “This is one of the greatest plays ever written, a riveting combination of manipulative games and painful conflict. It thrills as much now as when written. We’ve assembled a stellar cast to perform it, and I can’t wait to get to work with them.”

David leads a creative team of local and national artists, including Designer Anisha Fields (A View From the Bridge, Beautiful Thing, Tobacco Factory Theatres), Sound Designer Dinah Mullen (Homing Birds, National Tour), Lighting Designer Chris Swain (Blue Heart, Beautiful Thing, Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Fight Director Kev McCurdy (Macbeth, Tobacco Factory Theatres).



Salisbury Playhouse Thu 26 March – Sat 11 April

Martha Pooky Quesnel
George Mark Meadows
Nick Joseph Tweedale
Honey Francesca Henry               

George and Martha invite Nick and Honey to join them for a nightcap. It’s way too late in the evening, but what do they have to lose?

David Mercatali (Blue Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Radiant Vermin) returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres to direct Edward Albee’s landmark black comedy. By turns brilliantly funny and utterly devastating, you won’t want to look away.

Two professors and their wives living the American Dream. Following an innocent invitation after a college campus party, the paper-thin illusion that all is well starts to peel away as George and Martha realise they have a captive audience for their toxic domestic games. As dawn approaches, there is only one way this party can end. And whether they like it or not, everyone must play their part.

Pull up a chair and fix yourself a drink.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.

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Notes to Editors:

Wiltshire Creative brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse.

Wiltshire Creative has commissioned A Wiltshire Tale from musician Nick Harper and produced the regional premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s suffragette drama Her Naked Skin and new musical Moonfleet. Other productions include Rachel Wagstaff’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d, co-produced with Wales Millennium Centre, and Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code.

In 2019 Wiltshire Creative commissioned and produced its first site-specific audio experience, Imber: You Walk Through, about the forgotten village on Salisbury Plain.

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