The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Damian Lewis to star in Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Damian Lewis returns to the West End.

Damian Lewis The Goat

It has been announced that 'Homeland' star Damian Lewis will lead a new production of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 24 March to 24 June 2017, with an official opening on 5 April 2017.

Directed by Ian Rickson, Albee's Tony Award-winning play is described as "a darkly comic and disturbing view on the collapse of familial relationships". It returns to the London stage following Albee's recent death.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play as well as the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. It was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was originally staged in London at the Almeida Theatre before transferring to the Apollo Theatre in London's West End on 15 April 2004 starring Jonathan Pryce and Eddie Redmayne.

"Martin is at the pinnacle of life: he has a loving wife and son, a hugely successful career as an architect, and the commission of a lifetime. As he prepares to celebrate his success, he betrays a dark secret to his best friend that triggers a tragic series of events. As those he loves struggle to comprehend his secret, Martin is forced to watch as his ordered and secure world is destroyed around him. But who is Sylvia?"

The new production is presented by Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon for Playful Productions and Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold.

Damian Lewis was last seen on the London stage in a production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo. He is best known for his roles on screen including 'Homeland' and 'Wolf Hall', and has regularly performed on stage at the National Theatre, the Almeida and in the West End.

Ian Rickson is a prolific and multi award-winning director whose recent work includes Evening At The Talk House and The Red Lion at the National Theatre, Jerusalem, Mojo, Old Times and Betrayal in the West End and Hamlet at The Young Vic.

Edward Albee is a three time Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist whose works include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62), A Delicate Balance (1966), The Lady from Dubuque (1977-78), Three Tall Women (1991), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (2000) and Me, Myself & I (2008). He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980. In 2005 he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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