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Trafalgar Studio 1
14 Whitehall
London, SW1A 2DY
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 14 Nov 2016
Booking from: 24 Feb 2017
Booking until: 04 Mar 2017
Duration: 2 hour 50 minutes
BURIED CHILD TICKETS

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Friday

24 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Saturday

25 Feb 2017

2:30PM
Monday

27 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Tuesday

28 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Wednesday

01 Mar 2017

7:30PM
Thursday

02 Mar 2017

7:30PM
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  • braintree 155cm female 25 reviews 4 helpful votes
    60% total rating Buried Child, 28th November 2016
    Pulitzer Prize-winning classic finally arrives in the West End but was it worth the 37-year wait? On appearances Sam Shephard’s 1979 play seems like your usual American drama; 2.4 children, a fading American matriarch, a dying father but as this three act play goes on there is something much deeper but not deep enough that it won’t come out with a little prodding. Dodge is an Illinois farmer past his best, his cough is heavy and there is a melancholy as the audience enter to find an old man watching TV. Ed Harris’s performance feels like a sophisticated answer to all those Academy Awards and other nominations he has missed out on. A classy actor if Shepherd hadn’t written this in 1979 I would have assumed it was written for Harris. Harris is the centrepiece but that is not to diminish the strong support in Amy Madigan (Harris’s wife in life and an award winning actress) as Hallie, a righteous woman who seems to be have a bizarre relationship with her sons Tilden (Barnaby Kay) and Bradley (Gary Shelford) and the first act really sets this up but at 2hrs 50 it does flag at times but there are enough pickups that the tension alone feels worth the ticket price. Kay in particular gives a understated and calm performance as Tilden, a man clearly on the edge; struggling to live with himself and his actions let alone with others and theirs. The tension builds with the arrival of Vince (Jeremy Irvine) and Shelley (Charlotte Hope). I was disappointed in the character of Vince, he is so obviously a catalyst when he could be so much more but Irvine’s performance of bewilderment when his family don’t recognise him to anger is completely believable and whilst Hope’s outsider in Shelley is tonally right it is hard to understand why she is waiting for Vince in a house where she is clearly not welcomed. Hope and Harris have great chemistry in the third act but it is a play that delivers bolt but leaves you with more questions than answers. Shepherd doesn’t delve deep into the grimmer elements (this is very much an adult play with adult themes) and it is admirable that he creates drama around the issue rather than as an explosive finale but it can feel too gentle, too sedate for a subject that would be tackled with more disgust and more anger elsewhere. It is a strong play and the subject of loss and shame never date but it can at times feel baffling, it requires concentration and openness from the audience that very few plays do. The intensity is its plus but for some it could be a minus.
    Sat in Stalls A4
    I would say, for the price, these seats are poor. You are sat on a curve and miss much of the stage left action. It is also very low and as you can see from the photo you see a lot of the person in front on you and whilst you won't miss out I would not recommend paying premium prices for these seats.
    A4 Stalls - Trafalgar Studio 1 - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls A4
  • jaimecretten 5 "9 male 73 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Buried Child, 20th February 2017
    Fantastic drama, superbly performed. Dark and brooding with moments of levity. A great American gothic masterpiece well worth seeing.
    Sat in Stalls A9
    Seats are not the most comfortable here but are OK. This is the second row and isn't on a rake so you're at the same level as the front row, but staggered so view is good.
    A9 Stalls - Trafalgar Studio 1 - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls A9
  • jaimecretten 5 "9 male 73 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Buried Child, 20th February 2017
    Fantastic drama, superbly performed. Dark and brooding with moments of levity. A great American gothic masterpiece well worth seeing.
    Sat in Stalls A8
    Seats are not the most comfortable here but are OK. This is the second row and isn't on a rake so you're at the same level as the front row, but staggered so view is good.
    A8 Stalls - Trafalgar Studio 1 - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls A8
  • paulfootie 6'3" male 41 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating Buried Child, 15th December 2016
    Wow! Wow! Wow! I heard a little bit about this play and decided to go. A stellar cast in this production with a wonderful set and I have to say Ed Harris does still the show a fantastic piece of work. The title says it all so that's no surprise but how it plays out what happens where and all is excellent! It manages to keep the tension and comedy perfectly balanced. Not for the faint hearted as the show is in three acts each act is approx 50 minutes long with a 10 minute interval but the time goes! I went to the matinee that started promptly at 1430 and I was on my way out to the theatre at 1715 so those times are rough guide but well worth seeing! Excellent!
    Sat in Stalls B10
    A good seat. Limited legroom but again I am 6 foot three so that's usually a problem! I've actually booked a seat at the back of the stalls but was moved to forward for the matinee (much closer to the stage hence the pen adjustment on the photo of my ticket!). Seat comfort was good although if you have two large people sat next to each other there might be a difficulty!
BURIED CHILD SEATING PLAN
Trafalgar Studios 1 as a relatively intimate theatre tends to offer fantastic views from all seats, regardless of rows. Despite the central seats giving the very best views, as the seats at the ends of the rows or the rear of the Stalls still offer no real visual restrictions, it may be advised to grab one of these at a bargain price, as the quality of view would normally be counted as premium in a larger auditorium.
Trafalgar Studio 1, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
STORY
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.
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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.
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