Pryce Leads Albee Goat to West Endís Apollo in AprDate: 2 March 2004
As previously tipped (See The Goss, 20 Feb 2004), the British premiere production of Edward Albeeís The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? will transfer to the West End after its limited season at north Londonís Almeida Theatre, where it finishes on 13 March 2004. According to Variety, the production will then start performances at Shaftesbury Avenueís Apollo Theatre from 13 April.
In Albeeís highly controversial play, Jonathan Pryce stars as Martin who, during the same week as celebrating his 50th birthday, receiving an international prize and being awarded a lucrative contract, is forced to confess to his wife and son that he's involved in a bestial relationship that will probably destroy his marriage, his career, and his life.
The Goat premiered on Broadway in March 2002 and went on to win New York Critics' Circle, Outer Critics' Circle and Drama Desk Awards as well as a Tony for Best Play. Albee remains best known for another play about marital discord, Whoís Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, while his other words include A Delicate Balance, Sea Scape and Three Tall Women, all of which were awarded Pulitzer Prizes.
Though Pryce has previously appeared on the London stage in Uncle Vanya, The Seagull and numerous productions for the RSC, as well as 2003ís A Reckoning at Soho Theatre, latterly, heís become best known for his musical roles in the likes of My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon and Oliver! as well as films including Evita, Stigmata, Ronin, Carrington, The Age of Innocence, Glengarry Glen Ross, Jumping Jack Flash and The Pirates of the Caribbean.
In The Goat, heís joined in the cast by Matthew Marsh (whose recent stage credits include US and Them, Little Foxes, Conversations After a Burial and Copenhagen), Kate Fahy and Eddie Redmayne. The production is directed by Anthony Page, who previously directed Albee's A Delicate Balance in the West End, and designed by Hildegard Bechtler.
The Apollo Theatre has been dark since the Tricycle Theatreís revival of Arthur Millerís The Price completed its season in January.
NOTE: Booking has not yet opened for this production at the Apollo.
- by Terri Paddock