Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios
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Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios starring Ed Harris
Scott Elliott directs Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios.
Starring Golden Globe winner and five time Oscar nominee Ed Harris (Truman Show, Apollo Thirteen) as family patriarch Dodge and Amy Madigan as his wife Halie, Buried Child transfers to the West End following a critically acclaimed New York run earlier this year.
Set in 1979 rural America as it reels from a recession and political unrest, the similarities between then and now are compelling in the run up to the American Presidential Election. Casting a brutal light on disenfranchised Americans, Buried Child is a dark, macabre and painfully funny family drama that is as relevant now as it was during its first run almost 40 years ago.
‘An American gothic masterwork. It is to the American theatre what Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming is to the British stage, the classic domestic drama’ The New York Times
Buried Child will run from 14 November 2016 until 15 February 2017 at Trafalgar Studios.
Dodge (Harris) and Halie (Madigan) are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons. When their grandson Vince arrives with his girlfriend, no one seems to recognize him, and confusion abounds. As Vince tries to make sense of the chaos, the rest of the family dances around a deep, dark secret. This wildly poetic and cuttingly funny take on the American family drama gleefully pulls apart the threadbare deluded visions of our families and our homes.
The cast features Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Jeremy Irvine.
Directed by Scott Elliott with scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lightin design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Jeremy S. Bloom.
“Ed Harris is brutally compelling” The Guardian
“Ed Harris’s grizzled London debut doesn’t disappoint” The Telegraph
“Atmospheric and meticulously performed” The Stage