Following his recent passing, Edward Albee’s dark comedy The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? returns to the West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem, former artistic director at the Royal Court) and starring Emmy Award winner Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers, Wolf Hall), this brand new production will play from 24th March 2017, with an official opening on 5th April 2017.
Winning the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? tells the story of Martin, a middle-aged, hugely successful architect whose seemingly perfect life is thrown into total turmoil when he confides in his best friend that he has fallen in love with a goat named Sylvia. The revelation brings tragedy to the Gray family, as his wife Stevie and son Billy struggle to understand his secret and recover from the confusing betrayal. Ultimately, there can be no return from this improbably love affair. It is a fascinating look at the limits liberal society can be pushed to, and asks the audience to question their beliefs, to examine their own bigoted views and reconsider their judgement of matters that may or may not be considered socially taboo. All told with Albee’s unique, darkly witty turn of phrase, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is a return to form for the author of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
The original London production played at the Almeida Theatre in 2004 and was nominated for 3 Olivier Awards including Best New Play. Jonathan Pryce starred as Martin Gray, with Kate Fahy as Stevie and Eddie Redmayne as Billy.
Damian Lewis was last seen in the West End in in David Mamet’s American Buffalo at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2015. Known for his television performances in ‘Homeland’, ‘Band of Brothers’, ‘The Forsyte Saga’ and ‘Wolf Hall’, his earlier career included several seasons with the RSC and his other stage credits include Five Gold Rings, Pillars of the Community and The Misanthrope.