American Buffalo

American Buffalo starring Damian Lewis and John Goodman at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Wyndham's Theatre, London

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Damian Lewis and John Goodman in David Mamet’s American Buffalo at the Wyndham’s Theatre directed by Daniel Evans.

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David Mamet’s fierce and blistering classic American Buffalo comes to the West End this Spring.

Playing a strictly limited season at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 April to 27 June 2015, American Buffalo stars acclaimed British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland, Wolf Hall) as Teach,  John Goodman (Argo, The Bid Lebowski, Roseanne) as Don and Tom Sturridge (Orphans, Being Julia) as Bobby.

Directed by Olivier Award winning actor and director Daniel Evans, American Buffalo promises to be an extraordinary theatrical event and the must-see production of 2015.

THE STORY

Teach (Damian Lewis) is part of a trio of small-time hustlers who attempt to pull off the robbery of a local coin collector and his prized American Buffalo – the name of a rare nickel coin. The scam never happens as misinformation and ineptitude plague the three men in a night of macho power play between Teach, the older guy Don (John Goodman) and his young protege Bobby (Tom Sturridge), all set in Don’s junk shop.

THE CAST

Damian Lewis is an award-winning British actor. His theatre credits include Laertes opposite Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet and The Misanthrope opposite Keira Knightley. Film work includes Patrick Conner in Robinson Crusoe and Keane. TV work includes Hearts and Bones, Richard Winters in Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers, Soames Forsyte in the The Forsyte Saga, Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher, Jeffrey Archer: The Truth, Much Ado About Nothing, Life, Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Homeland (Primetime Emmy Award) and Henry VIII in Wolf Hall.

John Goodman is an award-winning American actor. His theatre credits include Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (Studio 54, New York), in which he starred alongside Nathan Lane and Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (The Public Theatre, New York). Film work: inumerable film work includes Ben Affleck’s Academy Award winning film Argo, the multi-award winning The Artist, Inside Llewyn Davis, Monuments Men and Big Lebowski. TV work includes The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Damages, Dancing on the Edge and Roseanne

Tom Sturridge’s theatre credits include Broadway play Orphans(Tony nomination), Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith & Manchester Royal Exchange) Wastwater(Royal Court Theatre) and No Quarter (Royal Court Theatre). His film credits include Being Julia, The Boat That Rocked, Effie Gray and On the Road.

Directed by Daniel Evans, Set and Costume designed by Paul Wills and Lighting by Mark Henderson.

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Performance dates
Booking to 27 June 2015

Important Notes

Recommended for ages 12+ - Contains very strong language


Venue Information

Wyndham's Theatre, 32-36 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176
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Photos: First Look Damien Lewis & John Goodman in American Buffalo rehearsal
First look at Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge in rehearsal for American Buffalo. [caption id="attachment_36650" align="alignright" width="240"] American Buffalo rehearsal[/caption] See first pictures of Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge who are currently rehearsing David Mamet's American Buffalo in north west London.  The set is to go into the Wyndham's  theatre imminently so there are sure to be more pictures including Paul Will's junk shop design. Playing a strictly limited season at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 April to 27 June 2015, American Buffalo stars acclaimed British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland, Wolf Hall) as Teach, John Goodman (Argo, The Big Lebowski, Roseanne) as Don and Tom Sturridge (Orphans, Being Julia) as Bobby. Directed by Olivier Award winning actor and director Daniel Evans, American Buffalo promises to be an extraordinary theatrical event and the must-see production of 2015. THE STORY Teach (Damian Lewis) is part of a trio of small-time hustlers who attempt to pull off the robbery of a local coin collector and his prized American Buffalo – the name of a rare nickel coin. The scam never happens as misinformation and ineptitude plague the three men in a night of macho power play between Teach, the older guy Don (John Goodman) and his young protege Bobby (Tom Sturridge), all set in Don’s junk shop. [ngg src="galleries" ids="487" display="basic_imagebrowser"] 
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Video Interview: Damian Lewis behind the scenes of American Buffalo
Damian Lewis discusses the upcoming play American Buffalo. At a recent photo shoot, Damian Lewis sat down for a behind-the-scenes video interview to discuss the upcoming production of American Buffalo. American Buffalo stars Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge - it plays a strictly limited season  from 16 April 2015 until 27 June 2015 at the Wyndham's Theatre. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Damian Lewis[/caption] Considered a classic of the American canon and recognised as one of Mamet’s masterpieces, American Buffalo premiered at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago and opened on Broadway on 16 February 1977. The play was also adapted into a 1996 film starring Dustin Hoffman (Teach), Dennis Franz (Don), and Sean Nelson (Bobby). A transcript of the video interview is listed below. What is American Buffalo about? "American Buffalo is about the relationship between friendship and business, between loyalty and the corrosive effect of money, and three under privileged, under achieving men; one of whom owns a shop and to supplement the income from his junk shop they obviously do little scams on the side and we join them in the middle of a scam. It’s very funny, but very sad as well, at the end when you realise these three guys, desperately long for a shot at the title, for their slice of the American dream which they think they are entitled to, but they misunderstand it and they will probably never have it." DAMIAN LEWIS Which character do you play? "Teach is one of the three characters, he is the character I’m playing. He’s a rather sad character, if he’s been given opportunities in life, he has missed them, but he might never of had them. He’s one of the dispossessed, badly educated, huxters." DAMIAN LEWIS How did you first learn of David Mamet? "I first came across David Mamet really through his essays, because it’s standard reading when you are a drama student, every pause, as in Pinter, is intended, the rhythm of his language is very muscular, has a real sense of rhythm and very pointed rhythm and muscularity, all of which he is in total control of." DAMIAN LEWIS What are you connections to Daniel Evans? "Well, Daniel Evans and I were at drama school together actually, he was I think a year or two below me. He’s still a brilliant actor and singer, but he’s become a fantastic director. DAMIAN LEWIS Thoughts on fellow cast members "We are lucky enough to have John Goodman in this play, in this production, we’ll be in for a treat, it’s not stretching it to say, he’s achieved a sort of iconic Hollywood status as an actor, not least with the Cohen brothers and others and he’s perfect casting." DAMIAN LEWIS "Tom Sturridge is one of our exciting young actors and he’s clearly very good. What’s great about Tom is he seems to have this little sort of film star career which is just starting to blossom but he’s very much a theatre actor. It will be an engaging thought provoking and above all I hope entertaining play for all generations." DAMIAN LEWIS BOOK Book tickets to American Buffalo at the Wyndham's Theatre
John Goodman and Tom Sturridge to star with Damian Lewis in American Buffalo
John Goodman and Tom Sturridge join the cast of American Buffalo at the Wyndham's Theatre It was announced today that Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winner John Goodman and Outer Critics Circle Theatre Award winner Tom Sturridge would join Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winner Damian Lewis in the major new revival of David Mamet's gripping 1975 play American Buffalo at the Wyndham's Theatre. John Goodman said “I’m delighted to be returning to the stage, and to be making my West End debut, in such a fantastic project with two brilliant British actors both of whom I’ve admired for some time. David Mamet is a writer I have loved throughout my career and so I’m thrilled to be bringing his work alive on stage.” Tom Sturridge said "It's a deep privilege to be offered the chance to do this play with Damian and John under Daniel's direction. I think the play is dangerous and delicate, funny and frightening. American Buffalo is special. I can't wait to fight to make an audience feel about it as I do." American Buffalo is an explosive drama that examines the fickle nature of honour among thieves. As three small-time crooks plan one big-time heist, a tragedy of errors spins this razor-sharp and darkly funny play into a blistering account of divided loyalties, insatiable greed and a coveted Buffalo nickel. American Buffalo will play a strictly limited run from 16 April – 27 June 2015 at the Wyndham's Theatre. BOOK Tickets to American Buffalo starring Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge at the Wyndhams Theatre [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] John Goodman[/caption] John Goodman is an Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winner who first came to prominence in the American sitcom Roseanne, he has subsequently become known for his frequent collaborations on screen with the Coen Brothers in films such as Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski and O Brother Where Art Thou? John most recently starred in Paramount’s remake of 1974’s The Gambler and he is currently starring in season 2 of Amazon’s Alpha House. His upcoming films include Bad Robot’s thriller Valencia and Jay Roach’s Trumbo. Goodman’s recent stage credits have included his critically acclaimed performance as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (Studio 54, New York), in which he starred alongside Nathan Lane and Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (The Public Theatre, New York).Goodman’s innumerable film credits have included Ben Affleck’s Academy Award winning film Argo, the multi-award winning The Artist, Inside Llewyn Davis and Monuments Men. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Tom Sturridge[/caption] Tom Sturridge is a Tony nominated English actor who is well known for his work on stage and film. In 2013 Tom won Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards and was nominated for a Tony Award in the Broadway play Orphans in which he starred alongside Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster. Sturridge made his theatre debut in Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith & Manchester Royal Exchange) for which he received Critics Circle Best Newcomer and Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards as well as being nominated for the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. He subsequently went on to star in Simon Stephens' Wastwater and Polly Stenham’s No Quarter for which he was long listed as Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards (both Royal Court Theatre). Sturridge’s film credits include roles in Being Julia, The Boat That Rocked, Effie Gray and On the Road. In 2015, Tom will star in Thomas Vinterberg's new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far from the Madding Crowd alongside Carey Mulligan as well as Terence Malick’s untitled new feature with Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender. BOOK BOOK Tickets to American Buffalo starring Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge at the Wyndhams Theatre

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