Having played a hard-drinking, sexually rapacious Mrs. Robinson on Broadway in the recent production of ”The Graduate,” Kathleen Turner is ready to take on another classic hard-drinking, sexually voracious character. She’ll star as Martha in ”Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” next March, marking the first Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s classic drama in nearly 30 years, since the 1976 production directed by Albee himself.
Turner, of course, is stepping into a role created on Broadway by Uta Hagen and made famous in the 1966 movie version by Elizabeth Taylor, in an Oscar-winning performance opposite her real-life husband Richard Burton. Filling Burton’s shoes, as Martha’s equally acid-tongued husband George, will be Broadway vet Bill Irwin, last seen in the recent Broadway production of Albee’s ”The Goat.” Irwin is also stepping in for Jonathan Pryce (a Tony winner during his last Broadway run a decade ago, as the emcee in ”Miss Saigon”), who was initially slated to play George in this production.
Busy New York stage actor David Harbour and Mireille Enos (who costarred with Hilary Swank in the ill-fated Broadway production of ”The Miracle Worker”) will play Nick and Honey, the younger couple who make the mistake of accepting George and Martha’s dinner invitation. Directing will Anthony Page, who directed the recent London production of ”The Goat.” ”Woolf” will try out for three weeks in Boston before moving to New York.