The Goat or Who is Sylvia, Edward Albee – Theatre Royal Haymarket

So the reviewers told me this would be inferior to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. I respectfully disagree.

Yes the subject matter is bizarre, shocking and bordering on incomprehensible. But the fact it was so dark and twisted made it strangely compelling. To be honest, when it comes to plays, for me, the more messed up, emotionally charged and difficult the subject matter, the better.

Sophie Okonedo and Damian Lewis in the leading roles were superb. Within minutes I was glued to my seat. So yes, whilst the play is about a guy who has a sort of mid-life crisis affair with a goat….and the fall out of that, its not just about ‘bestiality’, it explores more deeper issues in society and interpersonal relationships. Based on the construct of a ‘Greek Tragedy’, it provided much post theatre discussion, which has to be a good sign.

Also, the weather was gorgeous and still light when we left the theatre – allowing for a stroll around before heading back home.

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