"Harris is totally compelling"
-The Guardian-

"Doesn't disappoint"
-The Daily Telegraph-

"A mesmeric quality"
-Evening Standard-

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About the show

Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child, staring Hollywood superstar Ed Harris, has transferred from Broadway after receiving critical acclaim for a 14-week run at the Trafalgar Studio 1, with previews having began on the 14th November 2016.

Buried Child is one of the most acclaimed plays written by Sam Shepard, one of America’s most prolific and renowned playwrights. Shepard’s body of work comprises over forty-five plays including A Lie of the Mind which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as well as True West and Fool For Love. This new production of Buried Child is directed by acclaimed theatre director Scott Elliot, the head of the American theatre company New Group, who brought Jessie Eisenberg’s comedy The Spoils to the Trafalgar Studios to great acclaim earlier this year.

The play is set in the countryside of America in the late 70s, a time overhung by the ever looming presence of economic instability and political divides, something that feels just as prevalent today as when it was first written. Shepard creates a macabre yet surprisingly funny family drama which dissects ideas of disenfranchised Americans.

Buried Child opened on Broadway earlier this year where is was much loved by both audiences and critics alike. It ran between February and April, being extended multiple times due to its great success.

The play stars well-known Hollywood actor Ed Harris in the role of Dodge, reprising his role from Broadway. Despite being a five-time Oscar Nominee and Golden Globe winner, this will mark his first appearance on a West End stage, giving fans of the great actor’s work the opportunity to see him perform in the flesh. Harris’ movie roles have included some of the most successful films to have ever been produced, including Apollo 13, The Truman Show and The Rock.

Amy Madigan co-stars in the role of Hallie. Not only is Madigan a hugely popular actress having won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Twice in a Life, she is also the real-life wife of Harris, bringing a new level of chemistry to this production.

Buried Child is one of the most exciting plays to come to the West End this winter and is not to be missed. Performances began at the Trafalgar Studio 1 on 14th November 2016 and is currently scheduled to run until the 18th February 2016.

Who Should See It?

As Ed Harris’ first ever West End production Buried Child offers fans of the great actor a unique opportunity to see him play in one of the most exciting American plays of the last century. With Sam Shepard’s amazingly dark yet funny style, Buried Child depicts the fragmentation of the American nuclear family in a wonderfully poetic and poignant way.

Playing at

Trafalgar Studio 1
14 Whitehall
Seating Plan

Trafalgar Studio 1 seating plan

Booking period

14th Nov 2016

29th Nov 2021

4th Mar 2017

Running time

2 hour 50 minutes


Not recommended for young children