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



  • Buckland Theatre Company makes West End debut at Trafalgar Studios
  • Charles Dorfman and Elsie Bennet will star as Jerry and Gittel from 12 July until 4 August
  • Gary Condes will Direct William Gibson’s 1950s New York comedy-drama about two broken souls embarking on a bittersweet love affair

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

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 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 to escape an unhappy marriage, opposite Elsie Bennet as beatnik dancer from the Bronx, Gittel, whose life is drifting after a number of failed relationships in William 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 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 will play Jerry. Charles studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles. Recent theatre includes The Ugly OneLUVSome 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 MyrtleThe Show and Present.

Elsie Bennet will play Gittel. Previous theatre credits include Luv (Park Theatre) for Buckland Theatre Company, Progress (Red Rose Theatre) and Pirates of Penzance(Tabard Theatre). Elsie 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.

Trafalgar Studios 2
14 Whitehall

Previews from: Wednesday 12 July
Press performance: Tuesday 17 July
Final performance: Saturday 4 August

Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

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GARY CONDES – Director

Gary 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)

MAX DOREY – Designer

Max was nominated for ‘Best Set Design’ for the 2016 UK Theatre Awards for And Then Come The Nightjars. He is also 8 time nominated for ‘Best Set Design’ in The Offies (The Off West End Awards).

Credits include: Teddy (Vaults Theatre); Julius Caesar: First Encounters (Royal Shakespeare Company); Talk Radio (Old Red Lion); Tryst (Tabard Theatre); The End of Hope (Soho Theatre); Insignificance (Arcola Theatre); Abigail (Bunker Theatre); Luv (Park Theatre); The Collector (The Vaults); Cargo (Arcola Theatre); Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse); After Independence (Arcola Theatre/ Papatango); P’Yongyang (Finborough Theatre); No Villain (Trafalgar Studios); All The Little Lights (Fifth Word); And Then Come The Nightjars (Theatre503/ Bristol Old Vic/UK tour); Orson’s Shadow, Teddy (Southwark Playhouse); Lardo, Marching On Together (Old Red Lion); Coolatully (Finborough Theatre); Sleight and Hand (Edinburgh Fringe); I Can Hear You, This Is Not An Exit (The Place at the Courtyard, RSC/Royal Court Upstairs); Count Ory (Blackheath Halls); Black Jesus (Finborough Theatre); The Duke In darkness, Marguerite (Tabard Theatre); Disco Pigs(Tristan Bates);

CHRISTOPHER NAIRNE – Lighting Designer

Christopher was awarded the Off West End Awards’ ‘Best Lighting Designer’ prize in 2016 for Teddy at Southwark Playhouse.

Previously for Buckland Theatre Company, he lit Luv at the Park Theatre.

Credits include: Teddy, Great Odds and Judith: A Parting from the Body (UK tours); Jerusalem (Watermill Theatre); Mayfly and Little Light (Orange Tree Theatre); Suzy Storck (Gate Theatre); This Beautiful Future (The Yard Theatre); Gin for Breakfast (Tristan Bates Theatre); Cargo and After Independence (Arcola Theatre); Chinglish and The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre); Speech & Debate and BU21 (Trafalgar Studios); Home Chat and Coolatully (Finborough Theatre); Last of the Boys, This Will End Badly and Johnny Got His Gun (Southwark Playhouse); and Lionboy (Complicite international tour).

Opera credit includes: L’Agrippina (Barber Opera); Madame Butterfly, Jephtha, La Bohème and Macbeth (Iford Arts); Albert Herring (Hampstead Garden Opera); Belshazzar (Trinity Laban Conservatoire); Vivienne (Linbury Studio, ROH); and La Bohème (OperaUpClose, 2011 Olivier award winner).

MAX PAPPENHEIM – Sound Designer

Credits include:  The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse); The Children (Royal Court/Manhattan Theatre Club); Humble Boy, The Lottery of Love, Sheppey, Blue/Heart, Little Light, The Distance (Orange Tree); Dry Powder, Sex with Strangers, Labyrinth (Hampstead); Ophelias Zimmer (Schaubühne, Berlin/Royal Court); Miss Julie (Theatre by the Lake/Jermyn Street); The Gaul (Hull Truck); Cookies (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Teddy, Fabric, Invincible (National Tours); Toast (Park Theatre/59E59 Theaters, New York); Jane Wenham (Out of Joint); Waiting for Godot (Sheffield Crucible); My Eyes Went Dark (Traverse, Edinburgh); Cargo (Arcola); CommonWealth (Almeida); Creve Coeur (Print Room); Wink (Theatre503); Spamalot, The Glass Menagerie (English Theatre, Frankfurt); The Cardinal, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Fiji Land (Southwark Playhouse); Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios); Martine, Black Jesus, Somersaults (Finborough); The Hotel Plays(Langham Hotel).

Opera includes: Miranda (Opéra Comique, Paris); Vixen (Vaults/International Tour); Carmen:Remastered (ROH/Barbican).

Radio includes: Home Front (BBC Radio 4); Associate Artist of The Faction and Silent Opera

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