See Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons and Olivier Award-winner Lesley Manville star in Richard Eyre’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre.
Following a sold-out run at Bristol Old Vic, as part of its 250th Anniversary season, Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece has made its way to the West End where it wowed audiences and critics alike.
The semi-autobiographical tale follows the Tyrones – a family haunted by the past but unable to face the present. Taking place over one day in August 1912, an older couple and their two sons are caught in a cycle of love and resentment. As the night draws in, the family indulge in their vices and the truth unfolds to reveal the ruined lives of each family member.
Jeremy Irons – one of the UK’s leading actors – makes a triumphant return to London theatre after a 10-year absence. He’s reprising his role of James Tyrone Sr. following the Bristol production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Prior to earning Oscars, Tonys, and Golden Globes, Jeremy found fame as a stage actor in the 1970s and 1980s. He appeared in productions at Bristol Old Vic (where he trained) and across the West End before taking an 18-year break from theatre.
Joining Jeremy is BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Lesley Manville. Lesley is one of Britain’s most prolific stage performers, as well as one of its most acclaimed. For Long Day’s Journey Into Night, she’s reuniting with director Richard Eyre following the sold-out production of Ibsen’s Ghosts.
Jessica Regan is reprising the role of Cathleen from the Bristol Old Vic production, while Matthew Beard and Rory Keenan will join the company as Edmund and James respectively.
Eugene O’Neill is often cited as one of the great American playwrights. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama a record-breaking four times (Long Day’s Journey Into Night won the prize in 1957), and in 1936, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night is considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century.
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