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Buckland Theatre Company makes West End debut with Two For The Seesaw at Trafalgar Studios

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING previous sold-out shows at the Park Theatre, Buckland Theatre Company will make its West End debut with William Gibson’s timeless comedy drama Two For The Seesaw.

Directed by Gary Condes, it will play at Trafalgar Studios for a strictly limited season – from July 12 to August 4, 2018.

New York City. The late 1950s. Two broken souls reach out to each other in an attempt to stick themselves back together again.

Charles Dorfman will star as Jerry, the brooding Nebraska lawyer who has relocated to New York City to escape an unhappy marriage, opposite Elsie Bennet as 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 in 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 McClain and Robert Mitchum.

Charles Dorfman studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles. 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). He has also appeared in the films Myrtle, The Show and Present.

Elsie Bennet’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) as well as the films Why Hide and Passing By.

Gary Condes has spent over 20 years working as a professional actor with an extensive career in film, TV and theatre. Career highlights include working alongside: Sam Rockwell (Moon), Helena Bonham Carter (Wings Of The Dove), Ray Winstone (Five Seconds To Spare) and Colin Firth (Fever Pitch).

The last 10 years has seen him develop into an acclaimed acting teacher and coach, running specialist acting courses in London and all over Europe and privately coaching clients for roles on various high profile productions including: Nymphomaniac (Lars Von Triers); Youth (Paolo Sorrentino); Breath (Andy Serkis); Fantastic Beasts 2 (Warner Bros); Game Of Thrones (HBO); Peaky Blinders (BBC); Outlander (Sony Pictures); Fortitude (Sky Atlantic); The Three Musketeers (BBC); The Great Wave (National Theatre); The Lady From The Sea (Donmar Warehouse); Hamlet (The Young Vic); The Arrest Of Ai Wei Wei (Hampstead Theatre); and Troilus & Cressida (The Globe Theatre).

For Buckland his work includes Some Girl(s) (Park Theatre – nominated for OffWestEnd OFFIE awards for Best Director and Best Production); Luv (Park Theatre); and Miss Julie (Etcetera Theatre).

Two For The Seesaw will be designed by Max Dorey, with lighting by Christopher Nairne and sound by Max Pappenheim.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0844 871 7615 or visit www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios/.

Also at Trafalgar Studios: 3Women, the debut play by the award-winning comedian and writer Katy Brand (until June 9); and Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller Killer Joe, starring Orlando Bloom (May 18 to August 18, 2018).