The star of Steven Spielberg’s film version of War Horse will make his West End debut, starring alongside Ed Harris and Amy Madigan in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer & Obie prize winning play, Buried Child.
Running at the Trafalgar Studios from the 14th November until the 18th February, this production of Sam Shepard’s play will see Jeremy Irvine play the role of Vince, with further casting yet to be confirmed.
Scott Elliott’s production will also see Ed Harris and Amy Madigan reprising their roles of Dodge and Halie respectively, in this latest New Group production to transfer to London following the successful run of Jesse Eisenberg’s play The Spoils in the West End, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kunal Nayyar and Alfie Allen.
Buried Child launched the career of one of America’s best living playwrights Sam Shepard. The play went on to win a a Pulitzer Prize and an Obie Award in 1979, and was subsequently nominated for five Tony Awards following its revival on Broadway in 1996.
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 (Irvine) 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.
Jeremy Irvine is a rising star since being discovered by Steven Spielberg for the starring role in his epic war film War Horse in 2011. Since then he has starred in Stonewall, A Night in Old Mexico, The World Made Straight, Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, Bad Education: The Movie, and Beyond the Reach, in which he stars alongside Michael Douglas.
Scott Elliott is the Founding Artistic Director of The New Group, an award-winning New York theater company. He was last in the West End with the smash hit production of The Spoils, which originally ran Off Broadway in 2015. Previous to this he directed Sam Shepard’s Buried Child earlier this year, and Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur, David’s Rabe’s Sticks and Bones with Bill Pullman and Holly Hunter and Thomas Bradshaw’s Burning. Other directing credits include works by Wallace Shawn, Mike Leigh, Francine Volpe, Trevor Griffiths, Joe Orton, Ayub Khan Din, Stephen Bill, Noel Coward, Clare Booth Luce, Anton Chekhov, Christopher Kyle, Arthur Miller, Jon Robin Baitz, Kiki and Herb, Tommy Nohilly, Erika Sheffer, Neil Simon and Bertolt Brecht.
Buried Child will play at the Trafalgar Studios from the 14th November until the 18th February 2017. To book tickets visit: ATG Tickets, Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.