Two For The Seesaw will mark Buckland Theatre Company’s first West End production, following previous sold-out shows at the Park Theatre. Directed by Gary Condes, William Gibson’s play will open at Trafalgar Studios on 12 July 2018 for a strictly limited run until 4 August.
Charles Dorfman will star as Jerry, the brooding Nebraska lawyer who has relocated to New York City in the 1950s to escape an unhappy marriage, opposite Elsie Bennett as beatnik dancer from the Bronx, Gittel, whose life is drifting after a number of failed relationships in Gibson’s timeless comedy drama.
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 MacLaine and Robert Mitchum.
Joining director Condes in the creative team are designer Max Dorey, lighting designer Christopher Nairne and sound designer Max Pappenheim.
Charles Dorfman will play Jerry. 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). Film credits include Myrtle, The Show and Present.
Elsie Bennett will play Gittel. Previous theatre credits include Luv (Park Theatre) for Buckland Theatre Company, Progress (Red Rose Theatre) and Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre). Bennett 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.