The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets

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Overview

Damian Lewis has returned to the stage in London’s West End as he stars in the lead role of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?. The play began previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 24th March 2017, having had an official opening on 5th April 2017.

Damian Lewis is a critically acclaimed actor of both stage and screen, who has become much renowned around the globe for his role as a U.S. Marine Sergeant in the American TV series Homeland, for which he received both Golden Globe and Emmy awards for his role. He has also had acclaimed roles in the TV series Band of Brothers and Wolf Hall.

Despite being best known for his TV and film work, Damian Lewis originally began his career primarily as a stage actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company, during which time he played roles such as Borgheim in Ibsen’s Little Eyold as well as Posthumus in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.

Since that time he has made regular returns to the stage, including in Pillars of the Community at the National Theatre and The Misanthrope at The Comedy Theatre in 2009. He was last seen on the London stage in 2015, playing alongside John Goodman in the David Mamet play American Buffalo.

Lewis is joined by The Hollow Crown star Sophie Okonedo, who is famous for her roles across both film and theatre, including Hotel Rwanda Ivo Van Hove's production of The Crucible.

They are joined by Jason Hughes (This Life, Midsomer Murders) as Martin’s oldest friend Ross and Archie Madekwe (Fresh Meat, Casualty) as their son Billy.

This new production of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is directed by ex-Artistic Director of the Royal Court, Ian Rickson. His recent productions have included Evening at the Talk House and The Red Lion at the National Theatre in 2015 and Mojo and Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2014.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? won the Tony Award for Best New Play when it first debuted in New York in 2002, starring Bill Pullman, before opening at the Almeida Theatre in Islington, before transferring to the West End.

The story follows a married, middle-aged architect called Martin, who is at the peak of life, leaving happily with his wife Stevie, and their son Billy. When Martin falls in love with a goat, their lives crumble. Through this, our own moral judgements of social taboos begin to be questioned, while witnessing the existential disputes between the characters.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is written by Edward Albee, one of America’s greatest playwrights, best known for his play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which also opened in the West End in 2017, starring Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is one of the most exciting revivals of the year, having brought one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actors back to the London stage. It is began previews on 24th March 2017 and had an official opening on 5th April 2017, closing on the 24th June.

Recommended for

Fans of Damian Lewis should definitely not miss this opportunity to see the award-winning actor on the West End Stage once again. This will be the second Edward Albee play to open in 2017, and those who have seen Imelda Staunton star in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? may want to make this a double bill.

Age Recommendations: The play contains adult themes and very strong language so is therefore not suitable for children under 14 years. Schools age guide 16+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 24 Mar 2017
Press night: 05 Apr 2017
Booking from: 23 Jun 2017
Booking until: 24 Jun 2017

Location and map

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

41 Reviews Add review

Damian Lewis stars as Martin, a man cheating on his wife. Your standard drama except Martin is having a sexual affair with a goat ... More

braintree 155cm, 35 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Damian Lewis stars as Martin, a man cheating on his wife. Your standard drama except Martin is having a sexual affair with a goat called Sylvia. This tale is very adult but sadly very slight. It doesn't feel like the drama builds and the conclusion is predictable and played so subtlety it seems pointless. It is a shame because it is an interesting story about consent, expectations and society's relationship to sexuality. There are some great performances from the cast of 4, with Lewis as the pedantic and mostly logical Martin who seems to declare his bestiality in a matter of fact manner, knowing his relationship is unnatural but unlike fellow peers he meets at a therapy group he isn't scarred or unhappy in his relationship with Sylvia. The standouts are Sophie Okonedo and newcomer Archie Madekwe as his wife and son Stevie and Billy who are justifiably horrified by the actions of the man they thought they knew. Albee's 2002 work is a look at what sexuality is and why taboos still exist in society.

braintree 155cm, 35 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I don’t know where to start with my review of this production. The acting was top class (as you would expect from Damian Lewis an... More

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I don’t know where to start with my review of this production. The acting was top class (as you would expect from Damian Lewis and Sophie Okenedo in the leads) but it was just too weird and off-beat for me. I felt uncomfortable during certain scenes and was surprised at how people were laughing when I genuinely didn’t find it funny at all. The subject matter (falling in love with a goat) was seen as a social taboo but I find it personally to be a bit more than that!! I literally was squirming in my seat at some of the dialogue and if there had been an interval I probably would have left. I find it hard to believe that this production was written by the same playwright who wrote the excellent ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ which is playing just around the corner from this theatre. My advice would be to see that production, and not this!

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Pleasantly surprised by this show, which is incredibly dark but also incredibly funny. Sophie Okonedo gives a brutal, superbly wit... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Pleasantly surprised by this show, which is incredibly dark but also incredibly funny. Sophie Okonedo gives a brutal, superbly witty performance as Stevie, whilst Damian Lewis is a little wooden as Martin. The play itself is about bestiality, a little incest and the breakdown of a marriage, so prepare to find yourself laughing at the most unexpected moments and horrified at the same time. Ian Rickson's direction is electric, the cast is brilliant, and this really deserves to be seen. It's completely unlike Albee's other current West End show, Who's Afraid. (I actually preferred The Goat!)

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The acting in this show was the real reason I gave it 3*, it was incredible. The 4 cast members each gave fantastic performances e... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The acting in this show was the real reason I gave it 3*, it was incredible. The 4 cast members each gave fantastic performances especially Sophie Okonedo who really dominates the stage. The set is simple and remains the same throughout. Its fairly dark throughout with minimal lighting which I think adds to the mood well. As for the show itself, its different to say the least, I would definitely recommend checking out the synopsis before going!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Excellent revival of Edward Albee's provoking, disturbing and hilarious play. The cast is excellent, particularly Sophie Okonedo, ... More

sondheimkid 170, 136 reviews, 23 helpful votes

Excellent revival of Edward Albee's provoking, disturbing and hilarious play. The cast is excellent, particularly Sophie Okonedo, and so is the direction and the scenery. Totally recommended!

sondheimkid 170, 136 reviews, 23 helpful votes

Edward Albee's last hit about a man who falls in love with a goat and the questions that surround this prohibited yet profound lov... More

coryhaas 6'3", 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Edward Albee's last hit about a man who falls in love with a goat and the questions that surround this prohibited yet profound love. A hilarious, disturbing and touching examination of these lives. A stellar cast and simple yet all around great production.

coryhaas 6'3", 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The acting was very good from all four actors and there was some good humour at times to lighten up what was an emotional play.

BColeman 5 11", 47 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The acting was very good from all four actors and there was some good humour at times to lighten up what was an emotional play.

BColeman 5 11", 47 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Another genius play by Edward Albee - simultaneously hilarious and darkly serious. Sophie Okonedo gives the stand-out performance ... More

jgblunners 6'2", 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Another genius play by Edward Albee - simultaneously hilarious and darkly serious. Sophie Okonedo gives the stand-out performance in a very strong cast.

jgblunners 6'2", 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Amazing show, very thought provoking and actors are some of the best I've ever seen. Will be seeing it again before it closes!

adamjamezs 6", 42 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Amazing show, very thought provoking and actors are some of the best I've ever seen. Will be seeing it again before it closes!

adamjamezs 6", 42 reviews, 4 helpful votes
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