David Suchet and Laurie Metcalf Will Star in West End Long Day's Journey Into Night
By Mark Shenton
A new production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night is heading to the West End's Apollo Theatre, starring the previously announced David Suchet, who will be joined by Laurie Metcalf and Kyle Soller. It will begin performances April 2, 2012, prior to an official opening April 10.
Prior to the West End, the production will open at Richmond Theatre in South West London (running Feb. 22-March 3), then tour to Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Bath and Glasgow, through March 31.
It is directed by Anthony Page, with designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Gareth Owen. It is produced by Nica Burns, Elliot Martin, Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions and Max Weitzenhoffer.
The play, set in 1912, revolves around James Tyrone (David Suchet), Mary Tyrone (Laurie Metcalf) and their sons, Jamie and Edmund (Kyle Soller) during a long summer's day. Originally premiered in 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden, before debuting on Broadway at the old Helen Hayes Theatre (not the one currently bearing that name) later that year, and coming to the West End in 1958. It was most recently revived on Broadway in 2003 in a production that starred Brian Dennehy, Vanessa Redgrave and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and was last seen in a different production in the West End in 2000 with Jessica Lange, Charles Dance and Paul Rudd.
Suchet was last seen in the West End in All My Sons, also at the Apollo. Other recent West End appearances include The Last Confession at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and Man and Boy at the Duchess Theatre. His extensive stage credits also include appearances at the National and with the RSC. On TV, he is best known for playing the title role in the series "Poirot."
Metcalf was last seen on the London stage at the National Theatre in All My Sons in 2001, and on Broadway in the short-lived revival of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs in 2009. She is best known for playing Jackie Harris on TV's "Roseanne," for which she is a three-time Emmy Award winner. Other TV roles include "The Big Bang Theory," "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy." Film credits include the voice of Andy's Mum throughout Pixar's "Toy Story" trilogy as well as appearances in "Scream 2" and "Desperately Seeking Susan."
Soller is currently appearing onstage in The Faith Machine at the Royal Court. Other recent theatre credits include The Government Inspector at the Young Vic and The Glass Menagerie at the Young Vic. He is also soon to appear on screen in the forthcoming film "Anna Karenina" directed by Joe Wright.
Page has directed extensively in the West End and on Broadway, including productions of Design for Living (Old Vic), Waiting for Godot (Broadway) and A Doll's House (London and Broadway). Recent screen credits include "My Zinc Bed" with Uma Thurman and Jonathan Pryce. He also directed the critically acclaimed 1990s period drama "Middlemarch" for the BBC.
Further cast is to be announced. To book tickets for the West End run, on sale through Aug. 18, contact the box office on 0844 412 4658, or visit www.longdaysjourenylondon.com.
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