It has been announced that Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville will reprise their roles in Richard Eyre’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s play.
Following a successful run at the Bristol Old Vic, it has been confirmed that Richard Eyre’s production will transfer to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre from the 27th January.
The production will play a strictly limited ten week season in London and will see Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprising their roles in the production in 2018.
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.
Talking about the news Jeremy Irons said: “Over forty 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 commented: “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.”
As well as being directed by Richard Eyre, the production will feature set designs by Rob Howell, lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by John Leonard.
Talking about bringing his production to London, Richard Eyre said: “I’m excited that I’m having the opportunity to revive a production that I loved. We had a wonderful time doing this play in Bristol and it’s marvellous to be able to share the production with audiences in the West End.”
Long Day’s Journey Into Night will play at the Wyndham’s Theatre from the 27th January until the 8th April 2018. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, See Tickets.com, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.