Well known to audiences from her appearances in the likes of Rebus, The Night Manager and Batman Begins, Sara has also recently appeared on the West End stage in Hay Fever, and played opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof.
The latest production from Glasgow’s Rapture Theatre, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? marks something of a homecoming for Sara as she takes on a role perhaps made most famous by Elizabeth Taylor who appeared opposite Richard Burton in the Oscar-winning film version of the play 50 years ago.
Often considered the finest work by one of the greatest American playwrights of his generation, Albee’s play centres on a marathon night of drinking, debauchery and duplicity that ensures when Martha and her middle-aged professor husband George invite an unsuspecting young couple, Nick and Honey, around for a nightcap.
As the drinks flow – spiked with vicious humour, acerbic wit and verbal sparring – and night turns to morning, searing secrets are exposed. A scathingly funny and at times brutal portrait of relationship dysfunction, the work is an intimate, visceral experience.
The play is part of Rapture’s ‘Iconic Season’ of productions that celebrate some of the most formidable, complex and flawed characters ever to feature in American drama. In addition to Sara Stewart in the lead role of Martha, Rapture’s production also features Robin Kingsland (as George), Rose Reynolds (Honey), and Paul Albertson (Nick).
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is performed at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm Sat 13 May. Tickets £14 available from Box Office on 01721 725777 or www.eastgatearts.com