American Buffalo at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
American Buffalo at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

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About the show

Daniel Evans directs an all-star cast in a major new revival of David Mamet’s 1975 heralded play American Buffalo. Originally premiering at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 1977, the play was later adapted into a 1996 film starring Dustin Hoffman. Opening at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre, American Buffalo follows a trio of small-time hustlers in an attempt to steal a rare nickel.

Set entirely in a junk shop owned by Don Dubrow, American Buffalo examines the fickle and explosive nature amongst thieves, which can lead to comical and disastrous results. After selling a rare buffalo nickel to a coin collector, Dubrow suspects that is was worth more than what he sold it for. Wanting to steal it back from the customer with help from his delivery boy Bobby, their plans are soon scuppered by poker-playing Walter “Teach” Cole, who wants in on the scheme. Teach offers to steal the entire coin collection, but the group’s plans soon fall apart as each man develops his own ideas about the nickel.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Homeland actor Damian Lewis stars as Teach, with theatre credits comprising Laertes in Hamlet with Ralph Fiennes, and The Misanthrope opposite Keira Knightley. Lewis’ extensive screen credits include Band of Brothers, Life and Henry VIII in Wolf Hall amongst many others. Esteemed screen actor John Goodman plays Don Dubrow, after an acclaimed performance in Broadway’s revival of Waiting for Godot. Upcoming actor Tom Sturridge plays Bobby, after featuring in Orphans as well as The Hollow Crown and The Boat That Rocked.

American Buffalo is brought to the stage by Sheffield Crucible’s Artistic Director Daniel Evans, who is well-known for acting in West End productions such as Candide and Merrily We Roll Along. The production also features design by Paul Willis and lighting by Mark Henderson. Mamet’s gripping play is considered to be an American classic, winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. A darkly humorous play about divided loyalties, insatiable greed and the unpredictable nature of thieves, American Buffalo promises to be a highly entertaining theatrical event.

Recommended for

Fans of stellar casts and darkly gripping dramas on the West End will find everything in this diverse production. American Buffalo contains very strong language and is therefore only suited to those aged 12 and up.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 12+ (strong language)

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes including an interval
Opened: 16 Apr 2015
Press night: 29 Nov 0002
Booking from: 01 Jun 2015
Booking until: 27 Jun 2015

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

3 Reviews Add review

I liked it, a little weird, but the exceptional performance and the very good set.

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 helpful votes

SDTopper 5"8, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

BeaKJ 5' 2'', 75 reviews, 3 helpful votes