Jeremy Irons (Academy Award-winner) and Lesley Manville (Academy Award-nominee) reprise their roles in Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Following a sold out run as part of Bristol Old Vic’s 250th Anniversary season, the play has transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season until 7 April only.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night is thought to be one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century, and nothing compares to seeing it live.
The play was first performed in Sweden in 1956. It opened in New York later that year, for which it won the Tony Award for Best Play. O'Neill is the only person to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama four times, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1936. His other plays include The Iceman Cometh, Mourning Becomes Electra and Ah Wilderness!
O’Neill’s riveting script is directed by the critically-acclaimed Richard Eyre. Eyre was Director of the National Theatre and oversaw productions such as Guys and Dolls, The Beggar’s Opera, Hamlet, Richard III, The Night of the Iguana, and King Lear during his tenure. Eyre has since directed productions in the West End and on Broadway, including Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes, The Crucible, and Mr Foote’s Other Leg.
Eyre has recently directed a sold out production of Ibsen’s Ghosts staring BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Lesley Manville, who plays Mary Tyrone in this production. She is one of Britain’s most respected stage actresses, having starred in numerous productions at Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre. Manville recently won the Supporting Actress of the Year award at The London Critics’ Circle Awards and has been nominated for both an Oscar and a BAFTA in the same category this year.
Jeremy Irons returns to the London stage for the first time in over ten years. He is an Academy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner, famously known for his roles in ‘The Lion King’, ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’, ‘Reversal of Fortune’, ‘Brideshead Revisited’, ‘The Borgias’ and ‘The Hollow Crown’.
Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning
Long Day’s Journey Into Night takes place over the course of one day in August 1912 at The Tyrones’ summer home. The family are haunted by the past and disillusioned by the present. As the plot unfolds and as day turns to night, familial bonds begin to fray and a tangled web of love and resentment emerges, leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives for The Tyrone parents and their two sons.
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