The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
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Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Tickets

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London4.478 reviews
Damian Lewis returns to the West End to star in the darkly comic masterpiece

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Edward Albee’s The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? showing in 2017 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London.

Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo are joined by Jason Hughes and newcomer Archie Madekwe in the Tony Award-winning, darkly comic masterpiece, Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? which runs for a strictly limited 12 week season from 24 March at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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, but when he embarks upon an improbable and impossible love affair from which there is no return, he must face the dizzying, explosive consequences.

Former Royal Court Artistic Director Ian Rickson directs this provocative and fiercely funny Albee classic and is joined by an Olivier and Tony Award-winning creative team in Rae Smith (Set and Costume Design), Neil Austin (Lighting Design) and Gregory Clarke (Sound Design), with original music by ground-breaking musician PJ Harvey.

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

Please note there is no interval for this production - the duration of the show is up to 1hr 55 minutes. 
Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable break, which is 30 minutes into the performance
Also note that patrons leaving the auditorium during the show will only be allowed back in at a suitable break in the production.

 


Additional Information

Age restriction

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

Running time

1 hour 50 minutes NO interval Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 3pm

Performance dates

Fri 24 March – Sat 24 June 2017

Special notes

There are no group rates for this production.

Venue Information

Theatre Royal HaymarketHaymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Customer Reviews

78 reviews4.4

Tich Richardson2nd July

We loved it - considering it was a pretty left field subject. Acting was brilliant, funny, poignant, sensitive and bonkers!

mark secco26th June

Very very good. My wife and I came from Chicago to see Damian and Sophie in this play. A great night at the theater.

Rosalind grant25th June

Shouldn't put price on tickets . I paid £54 each from the theatre website and the price on the tickets for was £45. It makes you feel like you've been ripped off

Deryl Northcott25th June

Great acting by all concerned. But, disappointing that American accents were used - Mr Lewis and Ms Okonedo have their own wonderful British accents and I felt a bit cheated to hear them "doing American" (I'm a kiwi). I know the play is set in the USA, but it doesn't have to be - couldn't it have been adapted a tad so we could hear these wonderful actors speaking naturally? Otherwise, congrats to all.

Anthony Adam25th June

Performances are good, but this is minor Albee - even many of the original critics said it's a one-joke play designed more to shock than instruct. Very uncomfortable in the Gallery with no intermission.

Howard Fredman24th June

I thought the Goat was extremely well acted and provocative. My wife couldn't stand it. I think the premise was intended to push liberal sensibilities to the breaking point . And in my wife's case, it succeeded. I also was appreciative of the way Edward Albee resolved the conflict. I was thinking that husband and wife might commit murder-suicide. His method of resolving the conflict was much more ingenious.. All in all it was brilliantly acted but may simply be too much for some viewers.

Christa Schubert23rd June

Forceful acting although it was sometimes hard to understand the actress very impressive

Viviana Perez23rd June

Weird, funny, grotesque. The actors are excellent and express the feelings in a very deeply way. I liked it! Viviana

CustomerJoan Prout23rd June

Superb! Fine, concentrated performances from all four actors, but Sophie Okonedo was outstanding. My husband and I are still talking about this thought-provoking play

ALISON PATERSON23rd June

Surreal and at times shocking and offensive. Fabulously acted so these difficult concepts were almost believable. Billy was especially good as the voice of reason between his warring parents. At times I wondered if this was all just some spoof especially the group therapy about a goose a pig and a German shepherd. (hope this not too much of a spoiler ). Damien Lewis completely convinced but it was too testing , too distasteful an experience , so only 2 stars.

Chaya Douglas23rd June

I loved the staging, the stage design, the music. I'd read the play before, but this production made it clearer to me, what it is all about. Very powerful. I left with tears in my eyes. Most of all I loved Damien Lewis in it. With his quiet, clear voice and understated acting, he commanded the stage. Unfotunately, Sophie Okonedo wasn't on par with him. Instead of an enraged wife she played the part as a naughty girl, bouncing jokes off him and running around breaking ornaments. I expected her to be the embodiment of Fury, bringing the house down.

Bethan Marshall23rd June

It was excellent, so good that my jet lagged friend stayed awake throughout the performance