Damian Lewis in The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Dominic Cooper continues to draw the crowds to the Theatre Royal Haymarket as he stars in Stephen Jeffrey’s The Libertine. That production is set to continue until the beginning of December when it makes way for two shows from the Royal Shakespeare Company – Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost.
But what comes next? This week we find out as we get word that March will see the arrival of Edward Albee’s acclaimed play The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? which is set to play for three months with Damian Lewis performing the lead role of Martin and Ian Rickson directing.
It means that when Dominic Cooper bows out at the venue there will be more big names to follow, with Lewis playing Martin, husband of Stevie and father of Billy. This family unit seems intact but it is pushed to its limits when Martin falls for a goat. It is described in press materials as darkly comic and its gripping themes led it to win numerous awards when it was first seen over a decade ago.
It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and also earned a Tony Award in 2002, with producers clearly hoping to replicate some of this success for its latest West End run.
This is why they have turned to a performer such as Damian Lewis for the lead. One of the nation’s leading performers he has appeared in a range of critically acclaimed roles on both sides of the Atlantic, making a career on the stage and screen. He is perhaps best known for Homeland and Band Of Brothers, though he has also appeared in the likes of American Buffalo at the Wyndham’s Theatre, The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre), Five Gold Rings at the Almeida Theatre and Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse, amongst others.
The acclaimed Ian Rickson directs Damian Lewis and others in The Goat, Or Who Is Syliva? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Wednesday 5th April 2017 (previews from Friday 24th March 2017). Prior to that, The Libertine continues until early December 2016.