Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville are to reprise their roles in Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, following its sold out run as part of Bristol Old Vic’s 250th Anniversary season.
Considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century, the production will play a 10-week West End season at Wyndham’s Theatre from January 27.
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.
Jeremy Irons said: “Over 40 years ago I saw Laurence Olivier play James Tyrone. I never dreamed I would one day be given the opportunity to play him myself.
“I am so glad I have the chance to work again with Richard Eyre and Lesley Manville on this, one of America’s greatest plays.”
Lesley Manville said: “Shortly after Richard Eyre and I worked together on Ghosts he asked me if I’d be interested in doing Long Day’s Journey Into Night with him at Bristol.
“Ghosts is a big, emotional and epic play but not even that prepared me for the challenge of O’Neill’s masterpiece which is, by far, the hardest play I have ever done.
“But at the same time thrilling. I cannot wait to play those scenes again to a wider audience. O’Neill is a genius and Richard Eyre’s production gives nothing but credit to this classic American family saga.”
Long Day’s Journey Into Night runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from January 27-April 8.