The Goat (or Who Is Sylvia?)

Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Goat (or Who Is Sylvia?)

24 Mar 2017 - 24 Jun 2017

£18.00 - N/A

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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. As he prepares to celebrate his success, he betrays a dark secret to his best friend that triggers a tragic series of events. As those he loves struggle to comprehend his secret, Martin is forced to watch as his ordered and secure world is destroyed around him. But who is Sylvia?

Albee's blackly comic masterpiece.

Ages 14+


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“Superb revival... Lewis and Okonedo establish from the start a joshing intimacy... A shattering evening.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A violently emotional taboo-smashing play... One of the most electrically charged confrontations on any London stage for years.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Lewis gives the performance of his life... Okonedo brilliantly conveys the rising and emotionally stricken sense of rivalry.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Assured and compelling revival of Albee’s magnificently murky late masterwork.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“A graceful tour de force, still full of challenge and dare and invention but executed with the precision of a master. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Rickson’s production tackles head on the play’s mixed nature, part marital comedy, part gruesome tragedy. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Masterpiece... Audacious, challenging and funny... A chillingly intense production... Faultless performances.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Hovering between humour, horror and disgust, it has lost none of its power to shock and dismay. Damien Lewis is terrific.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Arresting spectacle... Lewis seems to be impersonating a deeply troubled American male, not inhabiting the mindset.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Lewis delivers a performance of unsettling intensity... Isn’t as dark as it needs to be... its wit is pretty resistible.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Its delicacy is lost... Lewis lays it on pretty thick... Okonedo... a magnificently committed turn... also nail’s Albee’s humour”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“A complicated plea for liberalism... It is hard not to monitor your reactions as it dares you to blench.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Carries a huge amount of pretentious baggage.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Self-indulgent, faux-daring rubbish, a repetitive ‘taboo-challenger’... Baaaaad.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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