The production will be directed by Daniel Evans, the artistic director of Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.
According to press materials, the play — which premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre before transferring to Broadway in 1977, where it won the the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best play — examines the fickle nature of honour among thieves. It follows three small-time crooks, Donny Dubrow, Walter 'Teach' Cole (to be played by Lewis) and Bobby as they plan one big-time heist.
In a press statement, Lewis commented, "David Mamet is one of our greatest living playwrights and I’m thrilled to be performing in his brilliant American Buffalo. It's exciting for me to be back on stage, particularly as I will have the pleasure of working with director, Daniel Evans, who I trained with at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. We’ve always wanted to work together and I really can't think of a more exciting project to partner on."
Lewis was last seen on the West End stage in 2009 in The Minsanthrope at the Comedy Theatre. His stage work also includes extensive credits for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Laertes in Hamlet opposite Ralph Fiennes in the title role that transferred to Broadway, Five Gold Rings (Almeida) and Pillars of the Community (National Theatre). TV credits include playing Sergeant Nicholas Brody in "Homeland," for which he won the 2013 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series and a 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Film credits include "Romeo and Juliet," "The Sweeney" and "Your Highness."
In a press statement, Evans commented, "I’m truly thrilled to be working on Mamet’s incredible play with Damian. I’ve admired his work ever since we trained together at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and I know his particular qualities as an actor will offer us something very special in this part." Evans, who was Tony-nominated as a musical actor on Broadway for his role in Sunday in the Park with George (for which he also won an Olivier Award in London), has directed productions in Sheffield of Oliver!, The Full Monty (currently embarking on a U.K. tour), My Fair Lady starring Dominic West and is currently represented by Cole Porter’s Anything Goes there ahead of a national tour.
Further casting is still to be announced. It is produced in the West End by Playful Productions.
To book tickets and for further details, visit www.AmericanBuffaloThePlay.com.