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The British GQ Theatre Portfolio – Feb 14, 2018

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.

Source: British GQ Magazine – Photo: Charlie Gray

Damian Lewis

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.

Jacket by Brunello Cucinelli
Polo shirt by Tom Ford
Jeans by Belstaff
Shoes, Damian’s own

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The GQ Theatrical Portfolio Due Out This Thursday! – Feb 13, 2018

British GQ: The Theatrical Portfolio Starring Damian Lewis

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 13, 2018

We announced earlier that Damian would be appearing in British GQ Magazine in anticipation of the Olivier Awards.

We can now confirm Damian will appear in GQ’s “Theatrical Portfolio” in the March 2018 issue, on stands this Thursday! And here is the sample magazine cover. Other performers appearing are James Norton, Sienna Miller, Bryan Cranston and Andrew Garfield.

Damian’s theatrical performance as Martin Gray, an architect in love with a goat in The Goat Play, or Who is Sylvia? was an Edward Albee revival that ran from March through June, 2017 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End. Will Damian be nominated for an Olivier Award for The Goat Play?

We will soon find out when the official nominations are 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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Damian Poses for British GQ in Anticipation of Olivier Awards – Feb 11, 2018

Will He Be Nominated for an Olivier Award for The Goat Play, or Who is Sylvia?

by Olivier Awards | Facebook | February 11, 2018

Source: British GQ/Instagram, Photo by Charlie Gray

We have seen some extraordinary performances and GQ Magazine has caught up with some of the best performers from an incredible year of theatre ahead of the March 6th Olivier Award nominations to capture some beautiful photographs in anticipation of it all.

Damian’s performance as Martin Gray, an architect in love with a goat in The Goat Play, was so remarkable, as was Sophie Okonedo equally riveting.  Edward Albee’s revival tragedy ran from March until June, 2017 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.

If you were unable to see the play, fear not. You can read all about it, each scene broken down and accompanied with photo in, How I Have Fallen for “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia”: A Review by Fan Fun with Damian Lewis.

The 2018 Laurence Olivier Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. For more information, visit the Official London Theatre website.

To see a full gallery of all the top performers, visit the Olivier Awards Facebook page or Twitter announcement and follow British GQ Magazine on Twitter or Facebook.

Source: Instagram, Photo by Charlie Gray

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Masterclass with Damian – June 6, 2017

Rouse Tempers, Goad and Lacerate, and Raise Whirlwinds

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 6, 2017

Kicking off this summer’s Masterclass program, Damian taught a free masterclass today, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, for young actors aged 16–30 as part of the in-house education charity of the Theatre Royale Haymarket. He provided an onstage workshop with members and as usual, there was an opportunity for questions.  Participants took to social media attesting to what they had learned and described the event as “enlightening, brilliant and inspiring from start to finish.” It seemed Damian took inspiration from Kenneth Tynan, a feared critic and nabob of the National Theatre alongside Laurence Olivier, by sharing his infamous quote with the young actors, telling them to,

“Rouse tempers, goad and lacerate, raise whirlwinds!”

Supporting and nurturing young people through theatre is, and always will be, at the heart of Masterclass. For the past 20 years Theatre Royal Haymarket has been dedicated to opening up its beautiful and historic building as a resource for young people so they can gain hands-on experiences through theatre.

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An Actor is Always Reinventing Himself Through his Characters: An Interview with Damian Lewis – April 23, 2017

An Actor is Always Reinventing Himself Through His Characters

by Staff | London Calling | April 23, 2017

‘An actor is always reinventing himself through his characters’ - An Interview with Damian Lewis

Having ventured from the hallowed halls of England’s most historic school to the very top of transatlantic television, Damian Lewis is returning to the city – and the stage – of his youth with a starring role in Ian Rickson’s revival of the Edward Albee-penned The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

As much as some people may find it a step too far to have a ginger James Bond, Damian Lewis has seen his name thrown into that ring many times. But while with his Old Etonian credentials it may seem like a natural fit, for the past few years the flame-haired thespian has owed his career to starring roles on the other side of the pond.

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Damian Lewis Says New Role Ideal for Era of Brexit and Trump – April 6, 2017

Damian Lewis Says New Role Ideal for Era of Brexit and Trump

by Jill Lawless – Associated Press – April 6, 2017

Source: The Goat Play and AP

LONDON (AP) — British actor Damian Lewis says his latest role as a man in love with a goat is perfect for our unsettled times.

The “Homeland” and “Billions” star is back on the London stage in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia,” a tragicomedy about a successful, happily married architect whose sudden passion for a farmyard animal has devastating consequences.

A verbally dazzling, emotionally draining exploration of love and the limits of tolerance, the play’s new London production drew laughter and shocked gasps from its opening-night audience Wednesday.

After the show, Lewis said the play suits a time when “we feel generally more uncertainty and more absurdity in our politics at the moment, both here and in the U.S.”

“And this is a play where something drops out of the blue sky that’s utterly shocking, that’s unexpected and it causes great uncertainty and not a little trauma through the course of the play,” he said.

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West End Review: ‘The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?’ With Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo – April 6, 2017

West End Review: ‘The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?’ With Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo

by Matt Trueman – Variety – April 6, 2017

THE GOAT by Edward Albee, Directed by Ian Rickson, Designed by Rae Smith. The Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, UK – 2 March 2017 – Credit: Johan Persson

A married, middle-aged man falls in love with a goat. Edward Albee’s set-up might be simple, but it’s perfectly positioned – silly and shocking and, at its best, achingly sad. “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” deserves far better than Ian Rickson’s stagey production starring Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, which plays the joke ahead of the emotional truth. As such, a play that should feel like a brain glitch, one that tap dances over all manner of taboos, emerges instead on an even keel, too level-headed by half. Albee’s tragicomedy throws every convention into question. Rickson and his cast cling to them for dear life.

At a moment of crumbling liberal consensus, uncertainty raging like a wildfire, “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” is all too pertinent. Martin (Lewis) is a world-renowned architect, long happily married to a bright, breezy woman (Okonedo). They’re perfect bourgeois liberals, an interracial couple with a gay teenage son (newcomer Archie Madekwe). Their brownstone, in Rae Smith’s design, is a bastion of good taste — Eames chairs and exposed brickwork, a Bauhaus book on the floor. Martin’s just turned 50. He’s a bit out of sorts. And he’s taken up with a goat named Sylvia. They’re in love.

Lewis makes abundantly clear that Martin means no malice and poses no threat. He’s an unworldly, sweet-hearted soul, as helpless as he is harmless. He’s almost too soft for society, an intellectual naïf whose wife steers him through life. Right now, he’s unable to recall simple names or dates, and greets his oldest friend (Jason Hughes) like a familiar face he can’t quite place. It’s as if his brain’s been rebooted. When Lewis pulls up a chair, it’s like he’s forgotten how to sit down. Everything, in other words, is up for grabs.

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