Sam Shepard

Matthew Warchus

National Theatre, Lyttelton Stage

Additional Cast:
Lauren Ambrose, Elizabeth Franz, M. Emmet Walsh, Sam Troughton, Sean Murray, John Rogan

Completed play. Previews from 18 September 2004, opened 29 September 2004, closed 15 December 2004.

"Buried Child"

By Alan Bird/ London Theatre

Alienation seems the only adequate word to describe Sam Shepard’s work. In ‘Buried Child’ his characters are condemned by their past to live a life without hope- their dismal future only existing as a place to conceal what has gone before...


"Buried Child"

By Lizzie Loveridge/ Curtain Up

Brendan Coyle's gentle Tilden is wonderfully silent...


"Thrills, chills and comedy"

By The Telegraph

Brendan Coyle is deeply touching as the bewildered giant that is Tilden...

When Vince brings his girlfriend, Shelly, home to meet his family, she is at first charmed by the "normal" looking farm house which she compares to a "Norman Rockwell cover or something"--that's before she actually meets his crazy family--his ranting, alcoholic grandparents and their two sons: Tilden, a hulking semi-idiot, and Bradley, who has lost one leg to a chain saw.

Strangely, no one seems to remember Vince at first, and they treat him as an intruder. Eventually, however, they seem to accept him as a part of their violently dysfunctional family.  Gradually, the family's dark secret begins to come clear.