The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright passed away last week (ends18Sep16) after a brief illness, sparking an outpouring of tributes from stars on social media.

The play, about a self-destructing marriage, is widely considered to be his finest work and it won five Tony Awards following its 1962 Broadway debut. It has been frequently revived for the stage and was adapted for the screen in 1966 and starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

It has now been announced it will be revived again for London's West End with Staunton in Taylor's role, playing opposite award-winning theatre actor Conleth Hill, who plays eunuch Varys in TV show Game of Thrones.

She told the Daily Mail newspaper playing boisterous wife Martha is "daunting and frightening" but she'll be OK "once she's "in the eye of the storm".

When producer Sonia Friedman approached her about the project, she was excited but then they lost the rights to it and she was "relieved". She adds, "Then they came back again, and I thought: 'I really have to do it now.'"

Staunton most recently portrayed Mama Rose in the West End revival of Gypsy, which landed her a Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award in April (16).

The production is set to run from 22 February to 27 May (17) at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.