Following three acclaimed productions at London’s Park Theatre, Buckland Theatre Company makes its West End debut with a revival of the rarely seen, 1958 Broadway comedy-drama Two for the Seesaw, which has a limited season at Trafalgar Studios 2 this summer…
The Buckland production of William Gibson‘s Two For The Seesaw runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 12 July to 4 August 2018, with a press night on 17 July. The brand-new production reunites director Gary Condes with actors Charles Dorfman and Elsie Bennett, who also appeared together in Condes’ Buckland production of another Broadway rediscovery, Murray Schisgal’s LUV, at the Park Theatre in January 2017.
In Two For The Seesaw, Charles Dorfman is 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 1958 starring Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft, who made her New York stage debut in the role. The play was later adapted into a 1962 Hollywood film starring Shirley MacLaine and Robert Mitchum.
Joining director Condes in the creative team for Buckland’s production of are designer Max Dorey, lighting designer Christopher Nairne and sound designer Max Pappenheim. Founded in 2016, Buckland Theatre’s other acclaimed productions to date include fresh revivals of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, and, at the Park, Neil LaBute’s Some Girls and Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One.
Two for the Seesaw runs from 12 July to 4 August 2018 at London’s Trafalgar Studios 2, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY. Performances are Monday to Saturdays at 7.45pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £20-£25, with previews from 12-16 July just £10-15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
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.
Director 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); 24 Live Another Day (Sky1); Medici (Netflix); Harlots (ITV); The Three Musketeers (BBC); Siren (Freeform); The Great Wave (National Theatre); The Lady From The Sea (Donmar Theatre); Hamlet (The Young Vic); The Arrest Of Ai Wei Wei (Hampstead Theatre); and Troilus & Cressida (The Globe Theatre). For Buckland: Some Girls (Park Theatre – Nominated for OffWestEnd OFFIE awards for Best Director & Best Production); Luv (Park Theatre); Miss Julie (ETC Theatre)