Albee’s “The goat or who is sylvia?”

By Edward Albee

A guest performance by Playmate Theatre Malmö

Directed by Boel Marie Larsson
Performances are in English
4 nights only
29 April – 2 May 2019
(LiteraturHaus, Norrebro)

What happens when infidelity strips a marriage bare?

A provocative, powerful and surprisingly funny drama, from one of the twentieth century’s greatest playwrights Edward Albee – three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, author of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Zoo Story”.
Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
With an all-British cast.

A sold out show from Malmö by southern Sweden’s only professional English-language theatre company.
A visiting guest production.
Produced by and in collaboration with Down the Rabbit Hole.

The plot
Can a marriage just… vanish?
Martin, happily-married husband and father, has fallen in love with Sylvia.
To his wife, this is a man who has been her everything for decades. It is who they have been forever.
He is a man with a perfect life, a role model to his son, undone by a fatal flaw.

“You try to tell them; you try to be honest. What do they do? They laugh at you,”
/ Martin, successful architect, animal enthusiast…

This Broadway and West End dramatic comedy is Playmate Theatre Malmö’s fifth play in their third season of quality theatre in English in the region. Performed in English, it is Albee’s most provocative work, shocking theatregoers when it first premiered in 2002, a play that challenges its audience as much as its characters.

“How can you love me when you love so much less?”
/Stevie, the cheated wife.

Husband and wife grapple across the ruins of a marriage.
Dramatic, darkly comical and witty, this is a story about love and loss. What makes a family work, what makes a marriage tick and what makes married couples laugh?
How far is society prepared to tolerate difference? And what after all is normal?

How do you rebuild a family when the unthinkable happens?

Humour and passion in a dramatic comedy, as gripping as it is entertaining.

On stage:
Jefferson Bond (from Tivoli’s “Crazy Christmas show”, Hamlet Live)
Vanessa Poole, (Venus in Fur; Vanya, Sonya , Masha & Spike)
Kevin Benn (Talking Heads; Quality Street)
David Barrett (Vanya, Sonya, Masha & Spike, Waiters On Stage theatre, Canada)

Quotes from the audience in Malmö:

“Congratulations. Was surprised to see such quality of theatre, an absolute New York standard of performance and acting here in Malmö”;

“It’s an amazing play. It’s a metaphor for homosexuality, or age differences, or anything else society is afraid of. I loved it. Made some people squirm in their seats, but the message was powerful and clear. By taking it to the extreme, Albee shows us how judgmental we are”;

“Brilliant performance” ;
“Great play, great performance”;
“You were awesome last night!”;
“Great production, very powerful performance”

The cast:

Directed by Boel Marie Larsson.
Boel trained physical theatre in Sweden at Studio Daidalos, drama at Sweden’s National Drama School Teaterhögskolan Malmö, and in the UK at The Drama Studio, Ealing, London. She has spent a lifetime performing in a huge variety of comic and dramatic roles, from Goldoni to Shakespeare, including standup, Beowulf, puppetry, cabaret and childrens theatre. Boel has worked in film, TV and theatre, with directors such as Pernilla August, Bille August and Jan Troell, in BBC’s Wallander and on Swedish television.


Scenography & set design Marta Ciccionesi
Light & sound design Boel Marie Larsson
Light & Sound technician Paul Damade
Stage Manager (Malmö) Shari Weisend
Stage Manager & Coordinator (Copenhagen) Angelique Giroir
Poster design, photographs & graphics by Diego Monsivais

Set featuring the designs of Franco Paglialunga, whose hand-crafted furniture visible on set is also available for purchase from the designer at his studio at

With thanks for their support to Skillinge Teater,Thales Teater (Sweden) and HIT House of International Theatre (Copenhagen). =function(n,t)

By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited, London.

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