Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? is at the People's Theatre in Newcastle next week.
On a small New England college campus, history professor George (Tony Dowling) and his wife Martha (Moira Valentine) invite guests to their home after a party.
As the evening progresses and more liquor flows, the embittered hosts engage in scathing verbal abuse in front of their young visitors.
Fascinated and embarrassed in equal measure, new professor Nick (Bob Gilmour) and his wife Honey (Ellie Pullen) find themselves drawn into the couple's cruel and bitter games.
But the booze-fuelled battles hide real wounds and eventually Martha exposes a secret that George cannot forgive. Edward Albee's dark drama is a powerful, emotional exploration of truth versus illusion.
It may be 45 years since the play's controversial Broadway debut - when strong reactions ranged from "the season's most explosive drama" to "a sick play for sick people" - but this enduring classic continues to be an iconic battle of the sexes that has the power to amuse, provoke, surprise and exhaust.
It is at the People's Theatre from June 12 to 16. Tickets are £8.50 (£6.50 concessions) and can be booked on (0191) 265 5020. For more information, log on to www.peoplestheatre.co.uk