Pryce Gets Albee's Goat; Previews Begin Jan. 22

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The Almeida Theatre goes Stateside again on Jan. 22 when Edward Albee's The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia? begins previews.
Jonathan Pryce in rehearsals for The Goat
Jonathan Pryce in rehearsals for The Goat

The trendy Islington venue has a tradition of producing both new and classic American works. This season opened with Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat, and some of their most successful recent productions came from the likes of Eugene O'Neill (The Iceman Cometh starring Kevin Spacey, which transferred to both the West End and Broadway) and Albee himself (David Suchet and Diana Rigg scored a big success in a 1996 staging of Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?).

Anthony Page directs The Goat. He turns to Albee after a long dalliance with another great American writer, Tennessee Williams (having steered Cat On a Hot Tin Roof to the West End and Broadway). On its world premiere in New York, The Goat garnered the Tony Award for Best Play.

The Goat concerns Martin, a man who should be enjoying a dream week — he has won an international prize as well as a lucrative contract. But as he turns 50, Martin must confess a guilty secret to his wife and son — a secret that could destroy his happiness forever.

Continuing a season that has already featured Sinead Cusak, John Hannah, David Calder and Indira Varma, the Almeida has assembled an impressive cast. Jonathan Pryce stars as Martin, alongside Matthew Marsh, Kate Fahy and Eddie Redmayne.

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