Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2018) is a theatre production by The Theatre of Cruelty, based on the play by Edward Albee. The opening took place in the theatre's facilities in Oslo.

Lars Øyno directed it.

Hanne Dieserud played the role of Martha. 

Miguel Steinsland played the role of George.


(Objekt ID 88409)
Object type Production
Premiere October 25, 2018
Produced by The Theatre of Cruelty
Based on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre, Drama
Running period October 25, 2018  

Requirements to venue

Blackout No

At the webpage of The Theatre of Cruelty the following, among other things, is written about Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?:

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has, as all works of artistic value, its hidden and undefined depths. Everything indicates a realistic presentation of Edward Albee's drama, but with the underlying tradition of the ensemble, inspired by Antonin Artaud's theories and Jerzy Grotowski's technique, a combination of two theatrical realities is made possible.

In the play we meet a middle-aged couple, Martha and George, who have invited a young couple, Nick and Honey, to an afterparty. As the drunken night approaches morning, existential human pain comes to light, in form of a game of truth and lies. Prior to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee had written six plays, but he didn't achieve the same success with these, nor with his later works, as with the story of Martha and George. Today, it is a classic.

The world premiere took place October 13 1962 at Billy Rose Theatre in New York. In 1976, as a kind of afterthought, critic Clive Barnes wrote: ' Perhaps the play was overpraised at the time - indeed it was - and Mr. Albee has written better plays since. But he has never quite equalled the verismatic savagery of this play.' And apropos of 1976: The play was also performed at The National Stage in Bergen that year, in a production directed by Stein Winge, and with our stage designer, John-Kristian Alsaker, in the position of stage designer also then."


Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 03.09.2018

The Theatre of Cruelty, www.grusomhetensteater.no, 25.10.18, http://www.grusomhetensteater.no/portfolio_page/virginia-wolf/

The Theatre of Cruelty on Instagram, www.instagram.com, 03.09.2018, https://www.instagram.com/p/BjSjBmgBCdb/

Name Role
Edward Albee – Playwright
Svein Sturla Hungnes – Translation
Lars Øyno – Direction
John Kristian Alsaker – Stage design
Gjøril Bjercke Sæther – Costume design
Claudia Lucacel – Video/Film
Jan Skomakerstuen – Sound design
Rolf Christian Egseth – Lighting design
Hanne Dieserud – Actor (Martha)
Miguel Emilio Dobrodenka Steinsland – Actor (George)
Kirsti Sørlie Hansen – Actor (Honey)
Filip Amundsen Stav – Actor (Nick)
Trude Sneve – Makeup
Claudia Lucacel – Photo
Claudia Lucacel – Director’s assistant
Thomas Sanne – Assistant Stage Designer
Jørgen Opsahl – Costume assistant
Live Marianne Noven – Prompter
Claudia Lucacel – Producer
Other participants
Performance dates
May 7, 2019The Venue of The Theatre of Cruelty – Show
April 11, 2019 19:00 – The Venue of The Theatre of Cruelty – Show
April 10, 2019 19:00 – The Venue of The Theatre of Cruelty – Show
April 9, 2019 19:00 – The Venue of The Theatre of Cruelty – Show
April 8, 2019 19:00 – The Venue of The Theatre of Cruelty – Show
April 7, 2019 19:00 – The Venue of The Theatre of Cruelty – Show
October 25, 2018 19:00 – The Venue of The Theatre of Cruelty – Opening night
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