The Goat Play: For Your Consideration
by Jonathan Heaf | British GQ Magazine | February 8, 2018
British theatre walked tall on the world stage last year. Here, ahead of next month’s Olivier Award nominations, this exclusive portfolio captures the outstanding performers of the past 12 months.
Martin Gray in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Goat love; we’ve all been there. OK, maybe not a goat, but what about an attraction to a particularly cute hamster? No? What about your pet dog? Not even after one Guinness too many? OK, we’ll stop, but there’s a point to be explored – about the destructive, uncontrollable nature of human sexuality – and Damian Lewis’ turn last year as a starchitect looking into the abyss of, yes, a goat obsession, staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, raised many uncomfortable truths. Starring opposite the electric Sophie Okonedo, Lewis’ performance captured a man’s terror at realizing he is a sexual outlaw trapped in a society where sex, love and marriage have strict, delineated codes.
Official nominations will be announced March 6th. The 2018 Laurence Olivier Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. For more information, please visit the Official London Theatre website.
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