Stage and screen stars Matthew Beard, Rory Keenan and Jessica Regan will join leads Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in the West End transfer of Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
For Regan, the news means a return to the role of Cathleen at Wyndham’s Theatre, having played her in the 2016 Bristol Old Vic production. Beard and Keenan will join the company as Edmund Tyrone and James Tyrone Jr, alongside the previously announced Irons and Manville, who will play James and Mary Tyrone in Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production.
Considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century, Long Day’s Journey Into Night will play a strictly limited 10 week West End season at Wyndham’s Theatre from 27 January to 7 April 2018.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night is set in the Tyrones’ summer home, August 1912. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, the Tyrones and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in the cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and the family indulge in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives.
Matthew Beard (Edmund Tyrone) is best known for his work in film, including the roles of Guy Bellingfield in The Riot Club, Peter Hilton in The Imitation Game, Howard Raymond in The Look Of Love and a young Blake Morrison in And When Did You Last See Your Father?. Opposite him, Rory Keenan (James Tyrone Jr.) has a rich list of television credits, best known for the role of Bilibin in the latest BBC adaption of War And Peace, Simon in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, and Donal in Peaky Blinders, and Jessica Regan (Cathleen) has recently starred in Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Liola at the National Theatre.
Jeremy Irons, who is one of only a handful of actors to have won an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy Award for his body of work, plays James Tyrone, opposite Lesley Manville, the renowned actress who won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role in the revival of Ghosts (Almeida 2013), also directed by Richard Eyre.
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