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Lauren Ambrose swaps Six Feet Under for Buried Child



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A REVIVAL of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child, opens at the National's Lyttelton Theatre on September 29, 2004, with previews from September 18.

And making their UK stage debuts, will be Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose (pictured); Tony award-winning actress, Elizabeth Franz and outstanding character actor, M Emmet Walsh.

Buried Child was written in 1978 and centres upon the homecoming of Vince - a less than happy occasion, for everybody, it seems, has forgotten him. That, together with his girlfriend's shock on meeting his seemingly mad relatives, makes the unexpected reunion the catalyst for catastrophe.

For Ambrose, formerly known as Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso, the road to fame has been a long one. At just 14, she made her New York debut (off-Broadway) in Soulful Scream of a Chosen Son, which was followed by a number of less memorable roles.

She then moved on to television, with appearances in the crime series, Law and Order and teen drama, Party Of Five.

Films, including In And Out and Psycho Beach Party, followed but it was her role as Claire Fisher in the black comedy series, Six Feet Under, that catapulted her to fame and for which, she received an Emmy nomination in her first season.

Franz has appeared many times on Broadway and, in 1999, won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress In A Play for her performance in Death of a Salesman.

She has also been nominated in this category on two other occasions - in 1983, for Brighton Beach Memoirs, and in 2002, for Morning's At Seven.

Her other stage credits include, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard and The Cemetery Club.

Walsh - the M, incidentally, stands for Michael - has played character roles in a number of successful Hollywood films. They include Blade Runner and Raising Arizona.

Joining the Americans, will be British actors Brendan Coyle (he won an Olivier award for his performance in The Weir), Sam Troughton, John Rogan and Sean Murray.

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