Following its sold-out run at the Bristol Old Vic, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville will reprise their roles in Richard Eyre’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night this winter in the West End.
The production will play a limited season at Wyndham’s Theatre from January 27, 2018, to April 8.
In a statement 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.”
Manville added, “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.”
Eyre stated, “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 marvelous to be able to share the production with audiences in the West End.”
O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play was revived at the Bristol Old Vic with Irons and Manville in the roles of James and Mary Tyrone last spring. The production received glowing reviews from U.K. critics. Hadley Fraser, Billy Howle, and Jessica Regan completed the cast in Bristol, though it has not yet been confirmed whether they will return to the production in 2018.
The production will also have design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Peter Mumford, and sound design by John Leonard.
For ticket information call 0844 482 5120 or visit LongDaysThePlay.com.