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The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

Although this is probably one of the strangest plays I have ever seen, it’s the perfect example of theatre examining how society reacts to taboos being broken. In this case, playwright Edward Albee uses bestiality to show what individuals do when sexual norms are being challenged. Martin is a highly successful architect who’s happily married to Stevie. They have a teenage son, Billy, and live in a stunning apartment in New York. When his best friend Ross tells the family about Martin’s affair with Sylvia the once happy home is shaken beyond repair. Ian Rickson’s production of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? starts with cool sophistication and ends with total chaos. Damien Lewis’s Martin is an amalgamation of modern intellectual and whimpering schoolboy, while Sophie Okonedo’s Sylvia transforms from cool, calm sophistication to seething anger, pain and outrage. Newcomer Archie Madekwe is excellent as Billy, exploding all over the stage with total disbelief, and Jason Hughes as Ross oozes disgust and astonishment.

Where? Theatre Royal Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT

Travel? Piccadilly Circus tube

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