About the show
Damian Lewis stars in Edward Albee’s The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Damian Lewis, known for his roles in Homeland and Wolf Hall, returns to the London stage as the leading character in The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia?
The highly-rated play by Edward Albee premiered in 2002. It won the Tony Award for Best Play. It also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, along with being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize the following year.
One seemingly-perfect family sit at the heart of The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia?. Martin is a successful architect married to a loving wife, Stevie. They live with their son Billy, a sensitive teenager whose homosexuality is not acceptable to Martin. This traditional, stable existence is turned upside down when Martin falls deeply in love… with a goat.
The bizarre central plot allows the play to explore marriage, relationships and also what society counts as taboo. For instance, whilst Martin cannot tolerate his son being gay, he wants his family to accept his bestiality.
Lewis was last on the London stage in American Buffalo, in which he starred opposite John Goodman.
Sophie Okonedo stars alongside Lewis in The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia?. The English Actress has previously been nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and several BAFTAs. She has also won a Tony Award for her work on Broadway.
Directed by Ian Rickson (former Artistic Director at the Royal Court), The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia? will open around a month after another big London production of Albee’s work – Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre. That production stars Imelda Stuanton along with Conleth Hill. Albee, a prolific American playwright, died in September 2016.
The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia? runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 24 March – 24 June 2017.
Map & Location
Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street
St JamesLondonSW1Y 4HT