Damian Lewis returns to West End in David Mamet’s American Buffalo

Damian Lewis. Photo Kurt Iswarienko
Damian Lewis. Photo Kurt Iswarienko

Tickets are expected to be snapped up for the return of award-winning actor Damian Lewis to the West End stage in a revival of David Mamet’s gripping 1975 play American Buffalo.

Directed by Daniel Evans the play will run at Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season from April 16–June 27.

Winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best play, Mamet’s explosive drama examines the fickle nature of honour among thieves.

As three small-time crooks, Donny Dubrow, Walter “Teach” Cole (Damian Lewis) and Bobby 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.

Damian Lewis said: “David Mamet is one of our greatest living playwrights and I’m thrilled to be performing in his brilliant American Buffalo.

“It’s exciting for me to be back on stage, particularly as I will have the pleasure of working with director, Daniel Evans, who I trained with at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

“We’ve always wanted to work together and I really can’t think of a more exciting project to partner on.”

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans said: “I’m truly thrilled to be working on Mamet’s incredible play with Damian.

“I’ve admired his work ever since we trained together and I know his particular qualities as an actor will offer us something very special in this part.”

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 February 16, 1977.

The play was also adapted into to a 1996 film starring Dennis Franz (Don), Dustin Hoffman (Teach) and Sean Nelson (Bobby).

American Buffalo marks Lewis’s return to the stage since he starred as Alceste in Martin Crimp’s 2009 adaptation of The Misanthrope opposite Keira Knightley.

After training Lewis joined the British theatre community and appeared in a number of plays between 1993-98, primarily as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

During that time, he starred as Laertes in Jonathan Kent’s Broadway production of Hamlet opposite Ralph Fiennes. In 2003, Lewis returned to the London stage opposite Helen McCrory in Five Gold Rings at the Almeida Theatre.

In 2005 he starred in the National Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s Pillars of the Community.

On TV he won unanimous international acclaim for his role in Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama Homeland.

But Lewis first came to the attention of international audiences in 2001 with his Golden Globe-nominated performance in the award-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

He stars as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall opposite Mark Rylance in the upcoming 2015 BBC Two television miniseries adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker-Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

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