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Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?

Season Finished
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

Dates & Times

Subscriber Briefing


Opening Night
Audio Described
Post-show Q&A

Martin has a marriage and life to envy. A loving wife, a loving teenage son and a celebrated career as an architect that is about to bloom even brighter with an offer to design a 27 billion-dollar dream city in the American Midwest.

Stevie loves Martin, deeply and their house is filled with wit and joy. Until…

As Martin prepares for a TV interview to salute his brilliance, he reveals a secret that could cause the pillars of that house to fall.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning dark comedy masterpiece was a huge and Helpmann Award-winning success for State Theatre Company South Australia in the early 2000s but its tales of transgression, desire and betrayal still startle as if they were written yesterday.

In this shattering new production directed by Mitchell Butel (Girls & Boys), Claudia Karvan, the beloved Logie and AACTA award-winning star of Love My Way, The Secret Life Of Us and Bump, stars in her first stage appearance in 25 years, as the fabulous and ferocious Stevie. Alongside Claudia stars a phenomenal cast including Nathan Page (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The 39 Steps, Ripcord), Mark Saturno (A View from the Bridge, Hibernation, The Normal Heart) and making his stage debut, Yazeed Daher (The Hunting, The Heights).

The New York Times said “it forces you against your will to reconsider the erotic patterns in your life” and Variety: “Albee’s tragicomedy throws every convention into question”.

But the greatest question will linger… just who or what is Sylvia?

Claudia Karvan’s return to the stage in this dazzling and devastating play, from the man who also wrote Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is big and wonderful news. Both Claudia and I were knocked out by Marion Potts’ hilarious and jaw-dropping earlier production for STCSA and we’ve both wanted to explore the play’s genius anew ever since. The stars have aligned – I couldn’t be more excited. Mitchell

Show Information

Transgressive sexual references and references to bestiality, violence, coarse language, references to sexual assault, and adult themes.  Please contact us for more information.

1 hour 40 minutes (no interval).

Creative Team

  • Director

    Mitchell Butel
  • Assistant Director

    James Watson
  • Dramaturg

    Abby Hampton
  • Set Designer

    Jeremy Allen
  • Costume Designer

    Ailsa Paterson
  • Lighting Designer

    Nigel Levings
  • Composer & Sound Designer

    Andrew Howard
  • Specialist Prop Maker

    Elias Ppiros
  • Billy

    Yazeed Daher
  • Stevie

    Claudia Karvan
  • Martin

    Nathan Page
  • Ross

    Mark Saturno

Dates & Times

Subscriber Briefing


Opening Night
Audio Described
Post-show Q&A


Single tickets are now on sale!

Please note: State Theatre Company South Australia’s ticket allocation for the performance on Thu 23 Feb is currently exhausted. You can still buy tickets through Ticketek.

Save up to 20% on tickets by packaging 4-7 mainstage shows in a 2023 Subscription.


Single Ticket Prices

Adult $85.00
Concession $75.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $49.00

Adult $95.00
Concession $85.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $49.00

A limited number of partially restricted view tickets are available for each performance. The view of the stage will be slightly restricted from your seat for a few minutes only. The ticket prices for these seats reflects the restriction.
Preview/Matinee $50.00
Evening $60.00

Bookings via State Theatre Company South Australia ticketing incur a $8.95 transaction fee.
Bookings via Ticketek incur an $9.25 transaction fee.
Visit the Ticket Price page for the full list of subscription and single ticket prices.


Access Performances

Audio Described Performances and Pre-Show Briefing
Saturday 18 February, 1pm (briefing), 2pm (performance) – Click here to book online
Monday 20 February, 5.30pm (briefing), 6.30pm (performance with post-show Q and A) – Click here to book online

Captioned Performances
11.00am, Wednesday 22 February – Click here to book online

Audio Described Introductory Notes Transcription – Click here to download
Audio Described Introductory Notes Audio Recording – Click here to listen

Visit the Access page for more information on our Access Program.


Subscriber Briefing

2023 Subscribers are invited to join us for an exclusive Subscriber Briefing to learn more about the creation of the show.
6 February

Post Show Q&As

We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production.
– 20 February
– 22 February Matinee – hosted by Jane Doyle

A Date with State

Supported by the Office for Ageing Well and Seniors Card, join us for our 2023 A Date With State program, with pre-show tea and coffee before the performance and a post-show Q&A.
– 22 February Matinee – hosted by Jane Doyle


Venue Access

This show will be performed at the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.

The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.

Getting to the Venue

Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

For more information visit https://adelaidemetro.com.au/

For information about parking near the Adelaide Festival Centre, please click here.