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Edward Albees The Goat or Who is Sylvia
Edward Albees The Goat or Who is Sylvia performing at the Haymarket

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Type of production: Comedy
Opened: 24 March 2017
Booking until: 24 June 2017
Running time: 1 hour 30 mins
Prices: £20.00 - £123.00
Director: Ian Rickson
Cast: Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis returns to the West End to star in the darkly comic masterpiece, Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

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, familial relationships begin to collapse.

Former Royal Court Artistic Director Ian Rickson directs this late classic that is full of Albee's characteristically sharp wit for a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 24 March 2017.

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Full casting for Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? has been announced. Joining Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, who play husband and wife Martin and Stevie in Ian Rickson's production, will be Jason Hughes as Martin's oldest friend Ross and Archie Madekwe as their son Billy. It plays a strictly limited 12-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 24 March to 24 June 2017.

In the play, a husband and successful New York architect with everything to lose must confess to his wife and son that he is having an affair and face the dizzying, explosive consequences. Ian Rickson will be joined by an Olivier and Tony Award®-winning creative team in Rae Smith (set and costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design) and Greg Clarke (sound design), with an original score by PJ Harvey.

Jason Hughes is perhaps best known for his television work, which includes playing lawyer Warren Jones in the BBC TV series This Life and as Detective Sergeant Ben Jones in Midsomer Murders from 2005 until 2013. A respected stage actor, previous work includes Our Country's Good and Look Back in Anger opposite Michael Sheen at the National Theatre, Violence and Son and 4.48 Psychosis for the Royal Court and US tour, and Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse.

Archie Madekwe makes his professional stage debut as Billy. Prior to this he trained at LAMDA. Previous work includes Fresh Meat and Casualty, as well as the films Legacy and Second Coming. Archie also appeared in National Youth Theatre's 2013 production of Pope Joan at St James's Church, Piccadilly.


It's been announced that the Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor Sophie Okonedo will join Damian Lewis in a new production of Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Directed by Ian Rickson, the production will play a strictly limited 12-week season at the West End's Theatre Royal Haymarket from 24 March to 24 June 2017.

Sophie Okonedo OBE began her film career in 1991 in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebel before appearing in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002). She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, a Golden Globe nomination for the miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) and BAFTA TV Award nominations for the drama series Criminal Justice (2009).

This year she received a second Tony nomination for her portrayal of Elizabeth Proctor in Ivo van Hove's Broadway production of The Crucible. She was last on the London stage in Haunted Child at the Royal Court in 2011. At the National Theatre Okonedo has appeared in Troilus and Cressida and Money, and has had roles in numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company including Tamburlaine The Great, The Changeling, A Jovial Crew and The Odyssey. Most recently on television, Okonedo starred in Peter Moffat's political thriller Undercover for the BBC and played Queen Margaret in the BBC One series The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Phoebe Fox.

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