"Lewis shines in Albee's bestial classic"
-The Guardian-

"Absurd, funny and thought-provoking"
-Radio Times-

"Could be better"
-The Daily Telegraph-

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About the show

Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? has returned to the West End in a new revival starring Damian Lewis. The play opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 5th April 2017, with preview performances having started on 24th March 2017.

The play tells the tale of Martin, a man in the prime of life. He’s married to his lovely wide Stevie, has a son Billy, and has just landed a fantastic commission in his career as an architect. When he’s just about to celebrate however, he accidentally lets a big secret slip which will irrevocably change his life.

Edward Albee’s play is a brilliant and witty look into how we deal with social taboos and dissects ideas of moral judgement through the existential disputes between the characters.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? first premiered on Broadway in 2002, starring Bill Pullman in the lead role and won that year’s Tony Award for Best New Play. It subsequently had its European premiere in Vienna before opening at the Almeida Theatre and then having a West End transfer.

In a new revival directed by Ian Rickson (The Red Lion, Evening at the Talk House and Mojo), Hollywood star Damian Lewis takes the lead role.

Lewis is best known for his Golden Globe Award-winning lead role in US TV drama Homeland, as well as other much loved shows such as Band of Brothers and Woolf Hall. Despite being best known for his screen work, he has a long history of stage work, having started his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company and subsequently returning to many productions since.

His most recent West End role was in the David Mamet play American Buffalo in 2015, where he starred alongside Hollywood legend John Goodman.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is the second revival of Edward Albee’s work to have taken to the London stage in 2017, with Imelda Staunton starring in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf also this year. This series of revivals comes shortly after the great playwright’s death in 2016.

With Damian Lewis bringing his Hollywood prowess to Edward Albee’s acclaimed play, this revival is one of the most exciting production of the year, and opened for a twelve week run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 5th April 2017, with performances having begin on 24th March 2017.

Who Should See It?

Edward Albee is one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century. Those who have seen his most renowned play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf will want to take the opportunity to also see one of the writer’s later works. In an exciting new revival starring one of the world’s leading actors, this is one of the most popular openings of Spring 2017.

Playing at

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Seating Plan

Theatre Royal Haymarket seating plan

Booking period

24th Mar 2017

21st May 2018

24th Jun 2017

Running time

1 hour 50 minutes (no interval)


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