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John Goodman and Tom Sturridge join Damian Lewis in cast of American Buffalo

Further casting has been announced for the highly anticipated Mamet production

John Goodman
John Goodman
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John Goodman and Tom Sturridge will join Damian Lewis in the major new revival of David Mamet‘s gripping 1975 play American Buffalo.

Directed by Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans (look out for our interview with him on Monday), American Buffalo will play at Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited run from 16 April – 27 June 2015.

Goodman's recent stage credits include Waiting for Godot alongside Nathan Lane (Studio 54, New York) and Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (The Public Theatre, New York). On joining the production he 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."

Sturridge, whose theatre credits include Orphans on Broadway, Simon StephensPunk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith & Manchester Royal Exchange) for which he received Critics Circle Best Newcomer and Polly Stenham‘s No Quarter (Royal Court Theatre), added: "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."

Mamet’s drama examines the fickle nature of honour among thieves. As three small-time crooks, Walter "Teach" Cole (Damian Lewis), Don Dubrow (John Goodman) and Bobby (Tom Sturridge), plan one big-time heist, a tragedy of errors spins into a blistering account of divided loyalties, insatiable greed and a coveted Buffalo nickel.

American Buffalo premiered at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago and opened on Broadway on 16 February 1977. The play was also adapted into a 1996 film starring Dustin Hoffman (Teach), Dennis Franz (Don), and Sean Nelson (Bobby).

American Buffalo runs at the Wyndham's Theatre from 16 April. Click here for more information and to book tickets.