A lov­able Goat? You’ve got to be kid­ding…

The Daily Telegraph - Review - - Film - by Do­minic Cavendish

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Damian Lewis is back on the West End stage, this time as an ar­chi­tect who has fallen for a goat in Ed­ward Al­bee’s provoca­tive play about crossspecies love. The cu­rios­ity value is high, and those who haven’t seen the work be­fore are well enough served. But let’s not kid our­selves – this could be bet­ter. The­atre Royal Hay­mar­ket, Lon­don SW1 (020 7930 8800), un­til June 24

The Win­ter’s Tale

Cheek by Jowl’s De­clan Don­nel­lan di­rects per­haps the fastest-paced Win­ter’s Tale on record. It’s bor­der­line “too much” but when it works, it works bril­liantly. The sec­ond half proves a bit woolly but in a cap­i­tal city starved cur­rently of first-class Shake­speare re­vivals, this ev­er­green com­pany is wel­come. Silk Street The­atre, Lon­don EC2 (020 7638 8891), un­til April 22; live stream avail­able on Wed (cheek­byjowl.com/livestream)

Guards at the Taj

This is a slight but ef­fec­tive two-han­der from Amer­i­can play­wright Ra­jiv Joseph about two young guards on sen­try duty out­side the newly com­pleted Taj Ma­hal. They chat de­spite be­ing un­der strict in­struc­tions not to, and their mis­de­meanour earns them the grisly task of lop­ping the hands off the en­tire work­force. Jamie Lloyd di­rects with rare and wel­come re­straint. Bush The­atre, Lon­don W12 (020 8743 5050), un­til May 20

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