With another quiet week in the West End, the major openings taking place in the capital this week include two New York imports to Islington in north London:

OPENING TUESDAY, 3 February 2004 (previews from 22 January), Edward Albee’s Tony Award winner The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? receives its British premiere at the Almeida Theatre (See News, 20 Oct 2003). The production, directed by Anthony Page, continues its limited season until 13 March 2004.

Jonathan Pryce plays 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. He’s joined in the cast by Matthew Marsh and Kate Fahy.


OPENING WEDNESDAY, 4 February 2004 (preview 3 February), Paul Alexander’s Off-Broadway hit about Sylvia Plath, Edge, transfers to the King’s Head Theatre for a further six weeks, following its sell-out three-week run in January at Hampstead’s New End Theatre (See News, 26 Jan 2004). The one-woman play, starring Angelica Torn as Plath, continues at the Islington venue until 4 February.

Alexander also wrote Rough Magic, the 1991 biography of Plath, which was approved by the late poet’s estate. Plath is best remembered for her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, as well as her poems, her marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes and her untimely death by suicide in 1963, aged 30. In Sylia, a new film about the couple’s ill-fated romance, Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig play Plath and Hughes.

- by Terri Paddock