American Buffalo Opening Night
After shocking fans with his radical new moustachioed look, Damian Lewis took to the stage for his West End play American Buffalo‘s opening night on Monday.
And his wife of eight years, Helen McCrory, was there to cheer him on as he wowed the audience with his lead turn opposite John Goodman and Tom Sturridge at London’s Wyndham Theatre.
Once the curtains were closed on the star-studded night, the couple were seen lovingly linking arms as they made their way to the nearby National Cafe to kick off celebrations.
Beaming with pride as she chatted with her husband, Helen, 46, looked bright and beautiful in an aqua-coloured Roksanda dress, which she teamed with strappy black heels.
Resting a black handbag and coat over one of her decidedly toned arms, she held onto former Homeland star Damian with the other.
With his bushy mustache on prominent display, Damian, 44, looked smart in a black pea coat over a white button-up shirt, which he teamed with black trousers and matching shoes.
Damian plays Walter ‘Teach’ Cole in the dark comedy about three small-time crooks plotting to steal a valuable coin collection.
The star has been given a bad ’70s makeover for the production, sporting thick sideburns, a bushy moustache and a maroon suit.
American Buffalo centres on three thieves, Damian’s Walter ‘Teach’ Cole, Don Dubrow (John Goodman) and Bobby (Tom Sturridge) as they plan the big-time heist.
American Buffalo: What the critics are saying
‘Some hold this play to be a 20th-century American classic. I hesitate to go that far…. the pathos, despite Goodman’s heroic efforts, never quite grabs my guts. But if Mamet is your thing, you will surely want to catch this bespoke production.’ Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
‘All three actors are very fine but the great virtue of this production is that it is more than a showpiece for stars and highlights Mamet’s ability to write a far-reaching fable about the jungle of American capitalism.’ Michael Billington, The Guardian
‘Lewis – the lynch pin of the show – can’t be faulted for accent or technical accomplishment… The performances may yet click together in a way that unlocks the play to the full… At the moment, however, it’s all enjoyable enough but a bit dime-a-dozen.’ Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph
‘It’s thrillingly theatrical stuff, and director Daniel Evans extracts every ounce of feeling and fear from his three superb leading actors.’ The Stage
‘The play’s all about violence, power, the rhythm of life as well as the rhythm of language… Cue standing ovation. But you never really feel that these three guys come from the same place, or indeed the same street.’ What’sOnStage
A series of errors highlights their divided loyalties, insatiable greed and a coveted Buffalo nickel.
The play was nominated for a host of awards including two Tonys and received rave reviews from critics when it ran originally in the 1970s.
It was turned into a 1996 film starring Dustin Hoffman and had a short-lived Broadway revival in 2008 starring Cedric the Entertainer and Haley Joel Osment, which closed after just eight performances.
The new London production, which will run until 26 June, drew the likes of Sienna Miller, Kit Harrington, Rowan Atkinson and Nigel Harman to the audience on its opening night.