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