Bittersweet romcom, Two For The Seesaw, marks Buckland Theatre Co West End debut

Buckland Theatre Company takes its first steps into the West End this week with the opening of William Gibson’s Two For The Seesaw at the Trafalgar Studios on Tuesday.

Starring Charles Dorfman and Elsie Bennett, Two For The Seesaw is set in 1950s New York City. They play two broken souls who reach out to each other in an attempt to stick themselves back together again.

Dorfman stars as Jerry, the brooding Nebraska lawyer who has relocated to New York City to escape an unhappy marriage.

There he meets Elsie Bennett’s Gittel, a beatnik dancer from the Bronx, whose life is drifting after a number of failed relationships.

Despite their very different backgrounds and personalities, this unlikely couple embark on a bittersweet and tempestuous love affair which forces them to confront, with heartfelt honesty, the very nature of who they are and want they want from love and life.

Two For The Seesaw played more than 750 performances when it opened on Broadway 1962, starring Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft, who made her New York stage debut in the role.

The play was later adapted into a Hollywood film starring Shirley McClaine and Robert Mitchum.

Charles studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles.

His recent theatre includes The Ugly One, LUV, Some Girl(s) (all Park Theatre) and Miss Julie (Etcetera Theatre) for Buckland Theatre Company.

Other stage work includes Taking Steps, Dangerous Corner, and Wuthering Heights (Manor Pavilion Sidmouth).

Elsie’s previous theatre credits include Luv (Park Theatre) for Buckland Theatre Company, Progress (Red Rose Theatre) and Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre).

She has also had television roles in The Last Czars (Netflix), Birds of a Feather (BBC One) and Little Crackers (Sky 1).

Directed by Gary Condes, Two For The Seesaw (currently playing in preview) has its opening night on Tuesday and runs, in Trafalgar Studios 2, until August 4.

See a full gallery of production images HERE.

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