Eyre's sell-out production of Eugene O'Neill's nail-bitingly tense family drama transfers to Wyndham's theatre in January 2018. It's a drama split into four four acts, written by one of America's greatest ever playwrights, completed in 1942 and first published in 1956. You're going to love Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Richard Eyre's production scored a whopping hit in Bristol at the Old Vic, part of the theatre's 250th anniversary celebrations in March 2016. The show starred the wonderful Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, both of whom enjoy 'national treasure' status these days, and they'll also star in the West End run.
Excitingly, the play is partly autobiographic, written for the playwright's wife on their 12th wedding anniversary to show her what his life had been like as a child. The plot? The Tyrone family are in trouble. It's the summer of 1912. The play is set over one long day, exploring the family's dynamic: two sons, their morphine addict mother, and their father who's dying from TB. At the author's request the play wasn't published until after his death. First performed in Sweden during 1956, it opened in New York later the same year and proved a smash, winning the year's Tony Award for Best Play.
Jeremy Irons comes with top class credentials. He's been on and off the stage since the 1970s, having trained at the Bristol Old Vic. His Broadway début in 1984 saw him make a fantastic job of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, winning a Tony for Best Actor. He later took a break from theatre that lasted almost twenty years, returning in 2003 to act in A Little Night Music, in New York. And he's been in numerous movies and TV shows.
Lesley Manville is an Olivier Award-winning actress with equally great credentials, including the wonderful Ghosts at the Almeida theatre, Grief at the National theatre and the magical Six Degrees of Separation at the Old Vic.
Eugene O'Neill is one of the greatest US playwrights, the only one to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama four times. He also won the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature, and has penned numerous remarkable plays including The Iceman Cometh, Mourning Becomes Electra and Ah Wilderness.