Jack Fortune and Charlotte Hope in Buried Child at the Trafalgar Studios
It was only recently that we heard that Jeremy Irvine was being added to the cast of Buried Child, the upcoming Ed Harris and Amy Madigan vehicle headed to the Trafalgar Studios from Broadway.
But just as everyone is getting used to such an impressive cast we now have even more names to add to the list, with the likes of Jack Fortune, Charlotte Hope, Barnaby Kay and Gary Shelford also tackling parts in Sam Shepard’s acclaimed play.
Buried Child has been one of the big announcements of the latter months of 2016, with the news of Hollywood actor Ed Harris making his way to the capital met with great enthusiasm. He is, of course, the latest in a long line of Tinseltown performers who have appeared here in recent years, with Buried Child itself replacing The Spoils, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar.
But the names that keep on getting added to the production only make it even better and the latest have a range of previous credits between them. Charlotte Hope, for example, has appeared in Game Of Thrones and Holby City, in addition to films like The Theory Of Everything and the 2012 version of West End hit Les Misérables. She has appeared onstage before, though this will be the first time that West End audiences will be able to witness her work in the capital.
She will play Shelly in Buried Child. She is the girlfriend of Vince (Irvine) and the pair of them visit Vince’s grandparents Dodge (Harris) and Halie (Madigan) at their Illinois farm in the 1970s. Hodge and Halie live with their children Tilden (Kay) and Bradley (Shelford) and they are in difficult economic times, which are made even more apparent when they all fail to recognise Vince upon his arrival. Add family secrets and a brutal revelation and you have the make-up of an interesting show that earned its Pulitzer Prize in 1979.
Audiences can catch Buried Child when it runs at the Traflagar Studios 1 from Thursday 1st December 2016 (previews from Monday 14th November 2016) to Saturday 18th February 2017.