2016 has already brought us some big names in the West End, from Matthew Perry in The End Of Longing to Kenneth Branagh during his season at the Garrick Theatre. Now another international name comes to the capital in a production from the makers of The Spoils (which itself starred Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar).
That name is Ed Harris and he is going to be appearing on the stage of the Trafalgar Studios in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child. Reprising his role of Dodge from the Broadway production, he will be leading a cast that also includes Amy Madigan when the transfer opens in November 2016.
The 1978 play has many admirers, with critics praising the piece during its premiere in New York and its 1990s revival. From a Pulitzer Prize to numerous Tony Award nominations, it is a tried and test piece that needs to be seen.
Many will be eager to witness actor Ed Harris whose career has included some of the biggest films of the last few decades, from The Abyss to Glengarry Glen Ross, as well as Nixon, The Rock, Pollock and Apollo 13. He is an award winning performer whose work has won him admiration, particularly the latter two, for which he was nominated for Academy Awards. He has appeared in the works of Sam Shepard on many occasions, from 1983’s Fool For Love to 1994’s Simpatico, with other stage credits like Taking Sides and Wrecks, all in the United States. Buried Child marks his West End debut.
Then there’s his wife Amy Madigan, whose own career has also spanned decades with films like Field Of Dreams and Uncle Buck. She has appeared with Harris on numerous occasions, including in Gone Baby Gone and Pollock, plus Buried Child in New York.
The show was first performed in the 1970s and this revival takes us back to that time as we head out to the Illinois farmlands of America late in the decade and meet the characters of Dodge and Halie (Harris and Madigan), plus their grandson Vince and children Tilden and Bradley. The farm is in a bad way as the rural downturn is taking hold and it is clear that something is wrong as Vince is not recognised and drama unfolds in the household. With a dark secret involving another son and possible infidelity in the past, plus a backdrop that is as poignant as ever with its challenges to the American dream, it is no wonder this won over crowds in the United States ahead of its opening in London.
Buried Child opens at the Trafalgar Studios in November 2016.
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