Review Round Up: Long Day’s Journey into the Night,Wyndham’s Theatre

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprise their roles from the Bristol Old Vic run of Richard Eyre’s production. Discover what critics are saying so far here: 

(C)Hugo Glendinning. 

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 a 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.

The Guardian: **** “leaves you emotionally pulverised by the feeling that O’Neill, in providing an unsparing portrait of his family, is seeking their posthumous forgiveness.”

The Stage: **** “Eyre’s production is carried, without a doubt, by the immensity of Lesley Manville’s performance.”

WhatsOnStage: ***** ” Richard Eyre has taken a classic, written in 1941, and treated it as a new play, stripping away all previous conceptions.”

Evening Standard: **** “Richard Eyre’s production, first seen nearly two years ago at Bristol Old Vic, this sprawling drama feels pacier than usual, though it still weighs in at three and a half hours.”

The Times: **** “Lesley Manville fills the theatre with an anger and a fragility so tangible that it’s almost too much to bear.”

London **** “Manville’s monstrously emotive as Mary, she brings out all her character’s pain and suffering to bubble over the entire play.”

Broadway World: **** “Though a long journey indeed, Richard Eyre’s is a vital revival, giving vigour to Eugene O’Neill’s mighty, semi-autobiographical work and making all the more poignant this tormented but fast-talking family’s gradual dwindling into a despairing silence.”

The Reviews Hub: **** “It is Manville who is revelatory here. Her Mary is the focal point of Richard Eyre’s compellingly drawn production, and her protracted absence in the show’s fourth act is keenly felt.”

British Theatre Guide: “While it may not be packed with laughs, the sensitive and wholly credible portrayal of a family at war with itself is strongly recommended.”

Radio Times: **** “This isn’t an easy night of theatre, but it’s a richly rewarding one.”

Long Day’s Journey Into Night will play at the Wyndham’s Theatre  until the 8th April 2018. To book tickets visit: Tickets.comLast Minute.comTheatre Tickets Theatre.comEncore TicketsSee and Love London Love Culture


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