The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child returned to London’s West End for a 14 week run at the Trafalgar Studio 1 having began performances on the 14th November 2016. The production starred internationally renowned movie star Ed Harris in his first West End role.
Taking place in rural America in 1979 as it is overshadowed from economic instability and political divides, the comparison between then and now are compelling in the build up to the American Presidential Election.
With its brutal portrayal of disenfranchised Americans, Buried Child is a dark yet incredibly humorous family drama which proves to be just as relevant now as it was when it was first performed nearly 40 years ago.
This new production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play has already received great critical acclaim when it opened on Broadway, where it ran between February and April earlier in 2016, being extended multiple times.
The production starred Ed Harris in the lead role of Dodge, the five time Oscar Nominee and Golden Globe winner who is a well-known face on screen all around the world. He reprised his role from Broadway, in what was his first ever West End show. Many will know him from his film work that includes Apollo 13, The Truman Show, The Rock and Game Change.
He played alongside his real-life wife, Amy Madigan who co-starred in the role of Hallie. Amy Madigan is a critically-acclaimed actress in her own right, having on an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in recognition of her role in the film Twice in a Lifetime. She has starred in various TV, film and stage productions, including recently as Peggy Guggenheim in Pollock.
The play tells the story of a couple who are barely able to keep grip on their farmland and sanity while also trying to look after their two unruly grown sons Bradley and Tilden. As their grandson Vince arrives with his girlfriend Shelly, no one appears to recognise him and confusing ensues. As Vince attempts to make head or tail of the mayhem, the rest of the family skirts around a deep, dark secret. This beautifully poetic and cuttingly hilarious take on the American family drama, scintillatingly pulls apart the deluded visions we have of our homes and our families.
Buried Child is written by Sam Shepard, one of America’s most renowned playwrights, having penned over forty-five plays including True West, Fool For Love and A Lie of the Mind which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Buried Child CAME to the Trafalgar Studio 1 in London’s West End shortly after the departure of Jessie Eisenberg’s The Spoils, and was brought to the stage by the same creative team. The production was directed by Scott Elliot, the award-winning director of the Tony Award-winning New York theatre company New Group.
Buried Child began previews on 14th November 2016 and ran until February 2017 and was not to be missed.
Buried Child is a funny yet hard hitting dissection of how we perceive our lives and family. Being produced by the New Group theatre company, if you were a fan of their previous run at the Trafalgar Studio 1, with The Spoils, you may find a similar balance of comedy and drama here. With Ed Harris making his West End debut, it is also the perfect chance for fans of the actor’s work to see him perform in the flesh.
Not recommended for young children