Buried Child

For the first time, the multi award winning international star Ed Harris will appear on the West End stage in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child.

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.


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Buried Child Synopsis: 

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.

Sam Shepard
The New Group
Scott Elliott
Cast list: 
Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Jeremy Irvine, Charlotte Hope, Jack Fortune, Barnaby Kay and Gary Shelford
West End
Buried Child Schedule
Previews from: 
Monday, 14 November, 2016
Opening date: 
Thursday, 1 December, 2016
Available from: 
Saturday, 4 March, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 4 March, 2017
Saturday, 4 March, 2017

Trafalgar Studio One

14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest tube:
Charing Cross

Latest Buried Child News & Features

Buried Child
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Sam Shepard's Buried Child extends booking at Trafalgar Studios

The New Group’s production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer & Obie prize-winning play, Buried Child has extended its booking period at the Trafalgar Studios to 4 March 2017. The production began performances on 14 November, 2016 before an official opening on 1 December and was previously booking to 18 February 2017.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
First look at Ed Harris and cast in Buried Child at the Trafalgar Studios

Production images have been released for The New Group’s critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of Buried Child, directed by Scott Elliott, which is currently playing at the Trafalgar Studios until 18 February 2017, with an official opening on 1 December 2017.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Top London Theatre Openings Winter 2016

With just six weeks to go until Christmas is upon us once again, London's theatreland shows no signs of slowing down, with a whole collection of brand new shows lining up to open in the final two months of the year. Whether you're looking for a thrilling new play, a hot new musical or some pure theatrical escapism, we bring together our Top 10 London Theatre openings from now until the end of 2016.

Next week we'll be looking at Christmas speciality shows that will help you get in the holiday mood, but for now read on to see which openings should certainly be on your radar...

Monday, November 7, 2016
Interview with Buried Child star Jeremy Irvine

Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play begins performance at the Trafalgar Studios later this month, fresh from a highly acclaimed run in New York.

Thursday, November 3, 2016
First Look inside the rehearsal room of Buried Child with Ed Harris and Jeremy Irvine

Images from the rehearsal room of the upcoming London production of Buried Child have been released. Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play runs at the Trafalgar Studios 1 from 14 November to 18 February 2017, with an official opening on 1 December 2016.

Charlotte Hope
Friday, September 30, 2016
Final Cast of Buried Child includes Game of Thrones star Charlotte Hope

Final casting has now been revealed for the upcoming West End production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios, which runs from 14 November 2016 to 18 February 2017 with an official opening on 1 December 2016. 

Our Review

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is awarded to plays by an American author, “preferably original in its source and dealing with American life”. Sam Shepard's Buried Child, which won the award in 1979, certainly does just that, offering a harrowing window into a troubled area of American life, showing the disintegration of an embittered nuclear family suffering under the weight of secrecy.

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