Ed Harris in Buried Child at the Trafalgar Studios
With August now over the news reports coming from London’s West End heat up, with the biggest news of the week undoubtedly the announcement of Buried Child making its way to the Trafalgar Studios. The Broadway hit, which stars real life married couple Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, is set to play at the Whitehall venue from November with Scott Elliot directing from Sam Shepard’s acclaimed script.
Shepard’s show was first seen by audiences back in the late 1970s and this story is contemporary to that time, delivering us to an Illinois farmland and introducing us to a range of characters, from Dodge and Halie (Harris and Madigan) to children Tilden and Bradley, plus new arrivals, grandson Vince and his girlfriend. The latter two are visiting the farm during a rural downturn that has created upheaval all around, but that is not the only problem unfolding there, with Vince not recognised by his grandparents and a dark secret involving a further son and possible infidelity.
With a poingnancy that resonates through to the modern day it has lived up to its reputation with this revival in the United States. The original production earned Shepard the Pultizer Prize and its Broadway run in 2016 also attracted considerable praise.
So a West End transfer was inevitable and as it retains lead performers Ed Harris and Amy Madigan it is going to garner great attention. Harris is of course a well known actor of the screen, though he has also headed to the stage on numerous occasions during his career, appearing in previous stagings of Shepard’s works Fool For Love and Simpatico in 1983 and 1994 respectively.
For many, however, he is best known for films like The Rock, The Abyss, Pollock, Apollo 13 and Glengarry Glen Ross.
Director Scott Elliot is clearly eager to work with him, saying “Buried Child is Sam (Shepard)’s masterpiece and I can’t wait to get another crack at it with Shepard’s masters, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, along with some fresh British artists. Ed and Amy are members of the New Group family and I am particularly thrilled to introduce these brilliant stage creatures to West End audiences.”
Buried Child is at Trafalgar Studios 1 from Monday 14th November 2016, continuing to February 2017.