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Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978)

A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neville Smith ...
Woman in Waiting Room
Robert Longden ...
Mr. Willard
Bus Conductress
Rosa Roberts ...
Black Lady
Mrs. Hopkins
Mrs. Broadbent
Lynne Carol ...
Mrs. Tucker
Miss Gibbons
Janine Duvitski ...
Derek Thompson ...
Hugh Lloyd ...
Mr. Dodds
Gillian Martell ...
Mrs. Garland


A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.

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2 December 1978 (UK)  »

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Six Plays by Alan Bennett: Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf  »

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Many critics noticed that Neville Smith, in the leading role, seemed to be doing an extended impression of the play's author, Alan Bennett. See more »


References Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) See more »

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Early Alan Bennett, but the seeds of greatness are there!
29 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is definitely an early work, and it shows. It's a bit long, a bit pausy, occasionally a bit slow-moving. The "hero" (if that's an appropriate word for him) isn't very sympathetic. But there's plenty of clues about the future of Bennett's writing. This is his first work with Thora Hird and Julie Walters, both of whom would go on to glory in both series of Talking Heads, many years later.

There's an overbearing mother, repressed homosexuality, an embarrassingly loud conversation in a cafe, the idea that hippy-ish or left-wing ideas make people uncomfortable, themes of education, failed sexual relationships that are over before they have begun, and, of course, Northern England.

All of the above elements will be honed, improved and adapted in future workings, but this really is the birth of a modern genius. Occasionally a bit tedious, though.

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