Buried Child

Trafalgar Studio 1
Whitehall, London

Public Previews: 14 November 2016
Opens: 1 December 2016
Closes: 18 February 2017

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Show times
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows
Note: Thu 1 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.00pm

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Buried Child

A major revival of Sam Shepardís Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child starring Ed Harris in his West End stage debut

Dodge and Halie are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons. Itís a curious homecoming for Vince, the grandson nobody seems to remember; particularly as his girlfriend canít stop laughing at his apple-pie dream of a childhood house Ė until she steps inside that is, and meets the half-crazed relatives. Violence is never far from the surface in this claustrophobic domestic world, and the unexpected reunion triggers catastrophe. A piercing, darkly comic portrait of a family rent asunder, set in America's heartland.

Thatís about enough outaí you! You got some funny ideas. Some damn funny ideas. You think just because people propagate they have to love their offspring? You never seen a bitch eat her puppies? Where are you from anyway?

The cast features Ed Harris as 'Dodge', Jeremy Irvine as 'Vince', Amy Madigan as 'Madigan' and Charlotte Hope as 'Shelly' with Barnaby Kay as 'Tilden', Gary Shelford as 'Bradley' and Jack Fortune as 'Father Dewis'. Directed by Scott Elliot. Scott Elliot's London credits include Jesse Eisenberg's The Spoils at the Trafalgar Studios in 2016. Sam Shepard's West End credits include Fool for Love starring Juliette Lewis and Martin Henderson at the Apollo Theatre in 2006.

Although this is the play's second London revival - it is the first time it has been presented in the 'commercial' West End. It was originally staged by Nancy Meckler at the Hampstead Theatre in North London from June to August 1980 in a production that featured Julie Covington, Stephen Rea, Marty Cruickshank, Neil Johnston, Philip Davis and Tony Rohr with designs by Gemma Jackson. It was then revived by Matthew Warchus at the National Theatre from September to December 2004 with a cast that included Lauren Ambrose.

Buried Child in London at the Trafalgar Studios 1 with public previews from 14 November 2016, opens on 1 December 2016 and closes on 18 February 2017


Buried Child - National Theatre 2004

Previewed 18 September 2004, Opened 29 September 2004, Closed 15 December 2004 at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre (in repertory)

A major revival of Sam Shepard's 1979 Pulitzer prize-winning play Buried Child in London featuring Lauren Ambrose and directed by Matthew Warchus.

The cast features Lauren Ambrose as 'Shelley', Brendan Coyle as 'Tilden', M. Emmett Walsh as 'Dodge', Elizabeth Franz as 'Halie', Sean Murray as 'Bradley', Sam Troughton as 'Vince' and John Rogan as 'Father Dewis'. Directed by Matthew Warchus with designs by Rob Howell, lighting by Natasha Katz, music by Gary Yershon and sound by Paul Groothuis.

"Meeting the in-laws can be tricky. Especially if they're crippled amnesiacs obsessed with vegetables who want you to suck their fingers. Such is the case in Buried Child, Sam Shepard's 1979 Pulitzer prize-winning play now at the Lyttelton, which rummages through the wreckage after a the implosion of a nuclear family in deepest Illinois... Not until the end do we quite work out what's happened, but it's hardly a surprise - there's a clue in the title, and another in Dodge's thoughts on parental affection: 'Never seen a bitch eat her puppies?' But the action matters less than the set-up, which is so magnificently gruesome it's just a pleasure to sink into the seamy muddle of madness and lucidity, incest and loathing. It's brilliantly, unpredictably directed by Matthew Warchus, with some great howling guitar and fence-clattering blues blasting out between scenes. The acting is first-rate, with Franz and Coyle particularly convincingly deranged. Remember, home is where the hurt is." The Sunday Telegraph

"I thought there was some mistake when Sam Shepard's Pulitzer prize-winning play Buried Child was described as a comedy. Shepard tends to miss the funny side of life. This play, however, is full of dark, mordant farce... Matthew Warchus's pitch-perfect and brilliantly performed production brings out all the savage comedy, the terrible tragedy and the wildly poetic theatricality in this desperate family drama filled with buried secrets... Lauren Ambrose, from Channel 4's Six Feet Under, is particularly good as the outsider who responds to this strange, unnatural and scarily unpredictable house of horror as anyone would: appalled, fascinated and increasingly eager to get the hell out." The Mail on Sunday

Buried Child in London at the Lyttelton Theatre (National Theatre) previewed from 18 September 2004, opened on 29 September 2004 and closed on 15 December 2004