The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia?

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Homeland star Damian Lewis returns to London's West End in a revival of Edward Albee's dark comedy The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?. The play follows Martin, a successful family-man who reveals a very dark secret, and is a brutally funny take on the collapse of familial relationships. Playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, this is the second Albee play to be announced for 2017, following Imelda Staunton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
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Sand in the Sandwiches

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Multi-award winning actor Edward Fox returns to the West End to star in a limited run of Hugh Whitemore’s Sand in the Sandwiches, celebrating the life of former poet laureate John Betjeman. Playing for only a week at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the celebrated production opens on May 30th 2017.
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Booking from 30 May 2017 until 3 June 2017
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Queen Anne

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Romola Garai and Emma Cunniffe star in Queen Anne at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, following a successful season at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Following the newly appointed monarch, Queen Anne takes place when England is on the brink of war, and Anne’s intimate friendship with Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, is placed in jeopardy. Soon, she must decide if her relationships are worth sacrificing for the sake of the country.
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Booking from 30 June 2017 until 30 September 2017

Venus in Fur

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Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer stars opposite David Oakes in a brand new production of David Ives’ Broadway hit Venus in Fur. Directed by Patrick Marber (Travesties, Don Juan in Soho), Venus in Fur is the seductive tale of an actress determined to land a lead role in a director’s new production. Playing for a limited nine week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the dark comedy is sure to enthral audiences.
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Booking from 6 October 2017 until 9 December 2017

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History

One of the West End’s oldest theatres, the Theatre Royal Haymarket officially opened in 1720 with a French play entitled La Fille a la Morte, ou le Badeaut de Paris. Successful early productions included The Beggar’s Opera (1729) and The Dragon of Wantley (1734).

The current building opened in 1821 with a production of The Rivals, followed by Our American Cousin (1862) An English Gentleman (1871) and a number of burlesque performances.

Following this, the Haymarket became synonymous with light comedies, such as The Palace of Truth (1870), The Wicked World (1873), Charity (1864), The Zoo (1875) and the premiere of Engaged (1877). Oscar Wilde premiered a variety of his productions at the theatre, including A Woman of No Importance (1893) and An Ideal Husband (1895).

During the late 19th to early 20th century, the venue made its name hosting plays and comedies, including Under the Red Robe (1896) and J.M. Barrie’s The Little Minister (1897), as well as Bunty Pulls the Strings (1911), Ghosts (1914) and The Widow’s Might (1916).

Soon, productions began to run for an extended amount of time, with J. M. Barrie’s Mary Rose (1920) running for 399 performances and Yellow Sands (1926-1927), which ran for 610 shows. Notable productions after this included The First Mrs Fraser (1929), starring Marie Tempest, Noel Coward’s Design for Living (1939), The Importance of Being Earnest (1948) and a production of The Glass Menagerie, starring Helen Hayes.

The mid 1900’s saw some rarer plays performed, such as Flowering Cherry (1957), Terence Rattigan’s Ross (1960), Ides of March (1963), directed by John Gielgud and A Voyage Round My Father (1971-1972), starring Alec Guinness.

By this point, the Theatre Royal Haymarket was known for a quick turnover of plays featuring star casts. Productions of note were Virginia (1981), with Maggie Smith, Hobson’s Choice (1982), starring Penelope Keith and Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (1982) and The Cherry Orchard (1983). Throughout this time, the theatre produced many plays in repertory, including The Aspern Papers (1984), with Vanessa Redgrave, who also appeared in Antony and Cleopatra (1986).

Toward the end of the 20th century, works from a number of playwrights were performed at the theatre, comprising Terence Rattigan, John Osborne, J.M. Barrie, David Mamet, Jean Anoulih, Tom Stoppard, Henrik Ibsen, Oscar Wilde, Neil Simon and more. Renowned actors such as Derek Jacobi, Robert Lindsay, Alan Bates, Martin Shaw, Jessica Lange, Steven Berkoff and Richard Dreyfuss appeared at the theatre.

21st century productions have included The Royal Family (2001), starring Judi Dench, Lady Windermere’s Fan (2002), starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, The Breath of Life (2002), with Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes in Brand (2003) and When Harry Met Sally (2004).

2005 saw Victoria Wood’s hilarious Acorn Antiques the Musical premiere, starring Julie Walters and Celia Imrie, followed by Hay Fever (2006), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (2006), The Last Confession (2007) and The Country Wife (2007), amongst many more.

Trevor Nunn’s Olivier Award-winning production of Flare Path transferred to the theatre in 2011, starring Sheridan Smith, followed by the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors (2012), Fatal Attraction (2014), Great Britain (2015), Taken at Midnight (2015), starring Penelope Wilton, Harvey (2015), Elephant Man (2015), starring Bradley Cooper, and McQueen (2015).

2016’s shows included Mr Foote’s Other Leg, Bad Jews, How the Other Half Loves and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, directed by Nikolai Foster and starring Pixie Lott. Dominic Cooper then took to the stage in The Libertine, before the RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing came to the theatre in 2017.

Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo starred in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, followed by Edward Fox in Sand in the Sandwiches and the RSC transfer of Queen Anne, starring Emma Cunniffe and Romola Garai.

Past Shows

Love's Labour's Lost RSC small logo
Love's Labour's Lost
(closed 18 Mar 2017)
Much Ado About Nothing RSC small logo
Much Ado About Nothing
(closed 18 Mar 2017)
The Libertine Logo small
The Libertine
(closed 3 Dec 2016)

 
Breakfast at Tiffany's logo small
Breakfast at Tiffany's
(closed 17 Sep 2016)
Bad Jews logo small
Bad Jews
(closed 19 Mar 2016)

 
Mr Foote's Other Leg small logo
Mr Foote's Other Leg
(closed 23 Jan 2016)
McQueen Logo Small
McQueen
(closed 17 Oct 2015)
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Elephant Man
(closed 8 Aug 2015)

 
Harvey 100x150 Official Theatre
Harvey
(closed 2 May 2015)
Taken at Midnight
Taken At Midnight
(closed 14 Mar 2015)
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Great Britain
(closed 10 Jan 2015)