The Goat is a fascinating play by one of America’s greatest playwrights; a depiction of life utterly undone by an unforgivable transgression. Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo are excellent as disintegrating couple Martin and Stevie, ably supported by West-End debutant Archie Madekwe as their son Billy. The play suffers from too much ‘telling’, rather than ‘showing’, and in spite of Jason Hughes’ best efforts his character Ross is little more than a plot device. Nevertheless, this is an admirable production and a must-see for Albee fans.
We are pleased to bring you these great images by Johan Persson from the rehearsal room of the forthcoming play The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia by Edward Albee featuring Damian lewis and Sophie Okenedo. The play opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 5 April 2017. Edward Albee’s darkly comic play about a family in crisis is directed by Ian Rickson, with sets and costumes by Rae Smith, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Greg Clarke and original music by P J Harvey. BOOK NOW FOR THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
We are pleased to bring you some great first look rehearsal photos by Johan Persson for the new West End production of Edward Albee’s classic American drama Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolfe which opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited 13 week season from 22 February 2017. This will be the first production of the play since Albee’s death last September. The play will be directed by James Macdonald and stars Imelda Staunton as Martha, Conleth Hill as George, Imogen Poots as Honey and Luke Treadaway as Nick. Made into a classic film by Mike Nichols starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf is a rollercoaster ride through a dysfunctional relationship. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick and his wife Honey to their … Read more
Following his appearance in the acclaimed production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, Damian Lewis will return to the West End in Ian Rickson’s production of Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited twelve week season from 24 March 2017. Tickets are now on sale. Best known for his on-screen roles in Homeland, Wolf Hall and most recently Billions, he has regularly returned to the stage in productions at the National Theatre, Almeida as well as in the West End. Lewis will appear on stage alongside Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor Sophie Okonedo. Okonedo made her Broadway debut in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. In 2016 she received a second Tony nomination for her portrayal of Elizabeth Proctor in … Read more
Sonia Friedman will produce a new production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? starring Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited 13 week season. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick and his wife Honey to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling. Imelda Staunton returns to the West End stage following her Olivier Award-winning performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy, she has been nominated for eleven Oliviers, winning four. Conleth Hill is currently best known for his role as Lord Varys in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? will … Read more
This production sets its own agenda, all with the express blessing of the text, and the result is an energised, specific reading which focuses on loss, terror, friendship, rights and wrongs. Silence and pain. Fear and, eventually, hope. Together, Balaban and Higgins make this production the success it is. They upset and then realign the balance in the household they invade.