Sophie Okonedo Will Join Damian Lewis in West End Production of Albee’s The Goat

News   Sophie Okonedo Will Join Damian Lewis in West End Production of Albee’s The Goat
Previews will begin in March.
Sophie Okonedo Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Sophie Okonedo, a British actress whose most recent stage appearances have both been on Broadway—in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun (for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play) and the 2016 revival of The Crucible (for which she was Tony-nominated)—is to join the previously announced Damian Lewis in a new West End production of Edward Albee's 2002 Tony-winning play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

It will begin performances March 24, 2017, at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket prior to an official opening April 5, for a 12-week run through June 24. There will be no performances May 29-June 4.

It will be directed by Ian Rickson and produced by Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis, and Nick Salmon for Playful Productions, Tom Kirdahy, and Hunter Arnold.

It joins the previously announced revival of Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that will be running simultaneously in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre, bringing Albee's work back to the London stage for the first time since his recent passing on September 16.

The play portrays a couple and their teenage son in crisis when the father embarks on an improbable and impossible love affair from which there is no return. It was previously seen in London in a production at the Almeida Theatre starring Jonathan Pryce as the married man and a young Eddie Redmayne as his son in 2004, which subsequently transferred to the Apollo.

Lewis was last seen on the London stage in a production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo at Wyndham's Theatre in 2015. Best known for his roles on screen in Homeland and Wolf Hall and most recently Billions, he began his acting career on the London stage at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park and with the RSC, and he has also regularly appeared at the National and the Almeida.

Okonedo was last on the London stage in Haunted Child at the Royal Court in 2011. She has also appeared at the Royal Court in Nightsongs, I Just Dropped Off to See the Man, Been So Long, and Women and Sisters.

Rickson, former artistic director of the Royal Court, has recently been represented at the National by Wallace Shawn's Evening At The Talk House and Patrick Marber's The Red Lion. His Royal Court productions of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem and The River both transferred to Broadway, as did The Weir and The Seagull.

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