Damian Lewis talks about West End return with American Buffalo

Damian Lewis

Wolf Hall and Homeland star Damian Lewis is heading back to the West End stage with David Mamet’s dark crime comedy American Buffalo.

Shot at a photo shoot for the play, a behind-the-scenes video interview has been released today with Lewis discussing the upcoming production.

Three small-time crooks, Walter “Teach” Cole (Lewis), Don Dubrow (John Goodman) and Bobby (Tom Sturridge), plan one big-time heist.

But 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.

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 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (alongside director Daniel Evans), Lewis appeared in a number of plays between 1993-98, primarily as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 2003, he 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.

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

Considered a classic of the American canon and recognised as one of Mamet’s masterpieces, American Buffalo plays at Wyndham’s Theatre, with previews from 16 April and runs until June 27.

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