Buried Child

Trafalgar Studios

Buried Child

14 Nov 2016 - 04 Mar 2017

£35.00 - £85.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

Set in the context of the American farming family of the 1970’s, Shepard’s play deals with the disillusionment with the American dream, the role of the traditional patriarch, and the frustrations of American people.

The first major New York revival of of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play in 20 years completed its off-Broadway run in April 2016.  It transfers with Harris reprising his lead role.


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“Harris: captivating: the sort of contained cinematic performance that pulls an audience in close.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Atmospheric and meticulously performed revival of Sam Shepard’s strange American fable.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Story about home, not-so-sweet home... Will send shivers down your spine... A dark old tale.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Beguilingly slow-burn... Elliott weaves a wonderful pattern of shifting dynamic... A rich production with a mesmeric quality.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Elliott’s production is really made by its cast. Harris is superb... Madigan’s almost fanatical Halie is terrifying.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Detailed ensemble work... The shifting alliances in the power struggle are gripping... Harris shines... a masterclass.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Harris is totally compelling... Madigan as Halie deftly mixes self-delusion with downright flirtiness.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Weird-as-hell family drama... Madigan brings a welcome acid vitality... Harris is compelling in his spectral balefulness.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“The Hollywood veteran rivets the attention with a performance of terrific, understated authority... Compelling and lucid.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A slow-burning enigma... Elliott ramps up the Gothic atmosphere. It is also very difficult to take your eyes off Harris.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“A nihilistic tragedy... A loathsome offering which manages to be both thuddingly allegorical and pretentiously cryptic.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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