Damian Lewis is virtuosic on stage. His performances are always perfectly pitched – his physical prowess (he’s a tall, powerful man) is enriched by a psychological complexity. Even in a scene crowded with starry names, you can’t take your eyes off him. We last saw him on the London stage in David Mamet’s American Buffalo. Next year, he’ll take the lead in new production of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, it has been announced. And tickets are already on sale.
Written in 2002, the play is widely regarded as Edward Albee’s late masterpiece – the writer of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf died this year. Triple Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Albee was a playwright for his generation, grasping at a broken, betrayed American Dream.
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is as tragic as it is witty. We have marriage in crisis, a wayward son, bestiality and rat-a-tat, stinging dialogue that keeps it racing throughout. It is a deeply unnerving play – we can’t wait to see Lewis in full force.
A household name thanks to his captivating, tense Nicholas Brody in Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series Homeland, Lewis has also impressed on stage with roles in Ibsen, Shakespeare and Molière. Steven Spielberg spotted him first, subsequently casting him in his breakthrough role as brave, stolid Major Dick Winters in HBO's second world war series, Band of Brothers, back in 2001.
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? will be directed by the prolific Ian Rickson, former artistic director at the Royal Court, where, to great acclaim, he piloted Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, This is a Chair by Caryl Churchill, and Dublin Carol and The Weir by Conor McPherson.
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|What||The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Theatre Royal Haymarket|
Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT | MAP
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
24 Mar 17 – 24 Jun 17, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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