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Damian Lewis Attends Royal Ascot – June 16, 2015

Getting Into the Spirit at Royal Ascot

by Sharnaz Shahid

They’re currently starring in American Buffalo on London’s West End. And Damian Lewis and his co-star John Goodman took a break from their intense theatre schedule to enjoy a fun afternoon out at the races, attending the opening day of Royal Ascot in Berkshire on Tuesday.

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Damian Lewis is Accompanied by Proud Wife Helen McCrory as They Celebrate the Opening Night of his Play American Buffalo – April 28, 2015

American Buffalo Opening Night

Celebration: Damian Lewis was accompanied by his wife, Helen McCrory, to celebrate the opening night of his West End play, American Bufflalo, at London's National Cafe on Monday

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.

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Damian Lewis and John Goodman Head Up This Starry West End of David Mamet’s Classic Play About Small Time Crooks – April 28, 2015

Damian Lewis and John Goodman head up this starry West End of David Mamet’s classic play about small time crooks

by Andrzej Lukowski – Time Out London – 28 April 2015

It would be mean, cheap and generally a bit dickish to say that Damian Lewis’s big post-‘Homeland’, post-‘Wolf Hall’ return to the London stage is overshadowed by some comedy facial hair. Nonetheless: if you think the above photo of his moustache is a bit on the distracting side then seriously, you should see the thing live.

David Mamet’s classic 1975 play ‘American Buffalo’ is a three hander, and in Daniel Evans’s enjoyable but busy production, Lewis, rising Brit talent Tom Sturridge, and old American hand John Goodman each sort of do their own thing to entertaining if not entirely cohesive effect.

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American Buffalo Review: Goodman, Lewis and Sturridge Dial Up Emotional Tension – April 28, 2015

American Buffalo Review: John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Tom Sturridge Dial Up Emotional Tension in David Mamet’s Gift to Actors

This production of David Mamet’s 1975 play is full of gritty dialogue, three fine performances and a splendid set of sideburns, says Henry Hitchings.

by HENRY HITCHINGS – Evening Standard – April 28, 2015

Facing off: John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Tom Sturridge (back) command the stage (Picture: Johan Persson)

David Mamet’s breakthrough play, which dates from 1975, puts male relationships under the microscope and is a gift to actors.

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Review: American Buffalo Four Stars – April 28, 2015

Review: American Buffalo, Wyndham’s Theatre

David Mamet’s muscular comedy, starring John Goodman, Tom Sturridge and Damian Lewis, is revived with style

By Lucy Brooks – Culture Whisper – April 28, 2015

American Buffalo cast, photo by Johan Persson

American Buffalo is typical David Mamet: a taut three-hander that’s all talk. The dynamic between the have-a-go-hustlers is testosterone-heavy, meaty and littered with expletives. Action is sparse and the characters are dissatisfied outliers of the American Dream.

This revival brings the shabby clutter of a Chicago junk shop to London with loving attention to detail and the stylish touch of assorted Americana suspended from above, penning in a claustrophobic stage. Within this shop interior we see the rhythms of everyday life, full of gripes over money lost in poker and what to eat for breakfast. But when the titular American Buffalo, a 24-karat bullion coin minted in 2006 by the US government, gives a chance to make a quick buck, a convoluted plan emerges, warps and collapses.

John Goodman, superbly cast as long-suffering shopkeeper Don, negates a contradictory mixture of self-seeking ambition, caution and sympathy as he is persuaded to evolve his petty criminal plans and replace the dopey sidekick Bobby with smooth-talking Teach. His expressiveness ekes out the comedy between the lines, and as the only American on stage, Goodman’s natural cadence makes Mamet’s script feel the most vivid.

Already under the spotlight thanks to a starring role in Far From the Madding Crowd, Tom Sturridge as Bobby holds his own on stage, keeping the spacey slur just subtle enough to leave us guessing over his sobriety. And while there is plenty of humour, there is nothing parodic about his portrayal of a recently recovering addict; vulnerability and pathos stay close to the surface.

But Damian Lewis stole the show. Oozing seventies sleaze with a flared burgundy suit, handlebar ‘tache and sideburns, he masters the gift of the gab. As the charismatic but usurping Teach he had not just the characters but the audience eating out his hand.  And for all the flashiness, Lewis also reveals underlying insecurities. All the insidious self-promotion and confidence in talking down others is offset by a deep discontentment, conveyed in a rare moment of wordlessness and flash of frenzied action.

Damian Lewis and John Goodman in American Buffalo

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American Buffalo Proves the Perfect Vehicle for Welsh Director – April 28, 2015

American Buffalo proves the perfect vehicle for Welsh director Daniel Evans

Homeland star Damian Lewis and American actor John Goodman have teamed up for the London production

by Philip Fisher – Wales Online – 5 April 2015

In the hands of Rhondda-born actor/director Daniel Evans , David Mamet’s gritty drama American Buffalo about small-time cons in Chicago 40 years ago is the perfect star vehicle.

The cast of three consists of Homeland’s Damian Lewis , a major star on both sides of the Atlantic, John Goodman of Roseanne and Coen Brothers movie fame plus Sienna Miller’s real-life partner and up-and-coming movie heartthrob, Tom Sturridge.

Goodman plays Donnie, the affable but gullible proprietor of a junk shop that he probably believes is an antique store. Designer Paul Wills not only fills it with worthless detritus but wittily has much more of the same symbolically suspended above the hapless trio.

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Lewis is unrecognisable but excellent as Teach, a wannabe gangster with Shaft-style 1970s facial hair and evil inclinations.

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American Buffalo review – Damian Lewis is right on the money in Mamet classic, The Guardian, April 27, 2015

American Buffalo review – Damian Lewis is right on the money in Mamet classic

by Michael Billington, The Guardian, April 27, 2015

Daniel Evans’s production is meticulous is its psychological and physical detail, and there are fine performances from Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge.

John Goodman (Don Dubbow), Tom Sturridge (Bob) and Damian Lewis (Walter Cole) in American Buffalo by David Mamet at Wyndhams theatre.
 John Goodman (Don Dubbow), Tom Sturridge (Bob) and Damian Lewis (Walter Cole) in American Buffalo by David Mamet at Wyndham’s theatre. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian
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BBC Radio 4 Front Row Interview

American Buffalo

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 23, 2015

Damian Lewis and director Daniel Evans were on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on Thursday to discuss American Buffalo. Click here to listen to the interview on the BBC website. Click here to download it from the Media section.

American Buffalo is at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London until June 27th. Visit the Delfont Mackintosh Theatres website for more ticket information.

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Backstage Secrets of American Buffalo: ‘We’re acting out hidden desires’ – April 11, 2015

Backstage secrets of American Buffalo: ‘We’re acting out hidden desires’

Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge tell Mick Brown why they’ll be grappling with ‘primal issues of manhood’ in a new revival of the David Mamet classic

By – The Telegraph – 11 April 2015

Band of brothers: Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge in rehearsal for the London revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo Photo: Jenny Lewis

It is a week into rehearsals for the new production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, and the play’s three actors, John GoodmanDamian Lewis and Tom Sturridge, have been getting to know each other. They have been to lunch. They have been playing poker. (Who won, I ask? “Becca,” says Sturridge ruefully, referring to the production’s youthful assistant stage manager, who has been ruthlessly cleaning them all out.) And, of course, there have been long and earnest discussions about the text.

“There are few things that are more revealing about someone than the way that they talk about a piece of literature or a play,” Sturridge says. “You very quickly come to have a much deeper understanding of someone than you would if you just mingled together in a pub saying, ‘All right, how are you?’ Very quickly we were talking in an intimate way about how people feel.”

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American Buffalo: First Picture and Behind the Scenes Clip – Feb 16, 2015

American Buffalo: First Picture and Behind the Scenes Clip

 

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Shot at a photo shoot for the play, check out a behind-the-scenes video interview with Damian Lewis discussing the upcoming production of American Buffalo. John Goodman and Tom Sturridge will star alongside Lewis in the production which will play for a strictly limited season at Wyndham’s Theatre, with previews from 16 April.

Winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best play, David Mamet’s explosive 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 this razor-sharp and darkly funny play into a blistering account of divided loyalties, insatiable greed and a coveted Buffalo nickel.

 

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS: John Goodman to Star Alongside Damian Lewis in West End Revival of American Buffalo – Jan 22, 2015

John Goodman to star alongside Damian Lewis in West End revival of American Buffalo

The star of the hit comedy Roseanne and films like The Big Lebowski and The Monuments Men will join the Homeland and Wolf Hall actor in a revival of David Mamet’s play at the Wyndham’s Theatre from April.

By  – Radio Times – 22 January 2015

Hollywood actor John Goodman is joining Homeland and Wolf Hall star Damian Lewis in the West End, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal.

The actors will be pairing up from April in a new production of David Mamet’s three-hander American Buffalo at the Wyndham’s Theatre playing the parts of two men plotting to steal a valuable coin collection.

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