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John Goodman joins American Buffalo

Published 23 January 2015

John Goodman, the US star of The Big Lebowski and The Artist, will join Damian Lewis in the West End production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo.

The heist drama, which runs at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 April to 27 June, will also star acclaimed British actor Tom Sturridge.

Golden Globe and Emmy winner Goodman, who can be seen on the big screen this spring in The Gambler, will play Don in the tale of three small-time crooks planning one big job. As errors are made and mistakes creep in, the myth of honour among thieves slips away and greed takes over. Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans directs.

Speaking about appearing in a London theatre for the first time, Goodman said: “I’m delighted to be returning to the stage, and to be making my West End debut, in such a fantastic project with two brilliant British actors both of whom I’ve admired for some time. David Mamet is a writer I have loved throughout my career and so I’m thrilled to be bringing his work alive on stage.”

American Buffalo marks Sturridge’s return to the London stage. The English actor previously appeared in No Quarter and Wastwater at the Royal Court, and received a Tony nomination for his performance in the Broadway production of Orphans.

Sturridge commented: “It’s a deep privilege to be offered the chance to do this play with Damian and John under Daniel’s direction. I think the play is dangerous and delicate, funny and frightening. American Buffalo is special. I can’t wait to fight to make an audience feel about it as I do.”

American Buffalo opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre following the hit future history play King Charles III, which closes at the end of the month, and the transfer of the Young Vic’s acclaimed adaptation of A View From The Bridge.

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