"The Goat or Who Is Sylvia" closes 7 Aug 2004


"The Goat or Who Is Sylvia" closes 7 Aug 2004

Edward Albee's The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, is to close on 7 Aug 2004 at the end of its initial booking period at the Apollo Theatre.

The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? had its world première on Broadway in 2002, and was awarded the Tony Award for Best play as well as New York Critics' Circle, Outer Critics' Circle and the Drama Desk Awards.

The Play opened at The Almeida Theatre in London on 3 Feb 2004 to terrific notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "The Goat, with its persistent undertow of humour, is as humane as it is provocative." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Albee, the clever technician, is... playing artful games with the audience's levels of tolerance." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says , "leaves one emotionally shattered." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Some theatregoers will hate this play. Many more will love it. None, I suspect, will ever forget it." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Myself, I felt disturbed and queasy but was at least made to wonder why. Isn't that what living drama is supposed to be about?" ALASTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "The finest staging of an Albee play I have seen...Crazy though this may sound, Albee's tale about a man who had sex with a goat is intensely moving."

The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? transferred from the Almeida Theatre to the West End's Apollo Theatre from 13 Apr 2004

Directed by Anthony Page , with lighting by Peter Mumford and design by Hildegard Bechtler, the cast includes Jonathan Pryce (Martin), Kate Fahy (Stevie), Matthew Marsh (Ross), Eddie Redmayne (Billy)

In the same week as receiving an international prize, being awarded a lucrative contract, and celebrating his 50th birthday, Martin is forced to confess to his wife and son that he is involved in a relationship that will probably destroy his marriage, his career, and his life.

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