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Jeremy Irons to Star in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Friday, 14th Jul 2017

Wyndham's Theatre

Fans of Eugene O’Neill will be happy to hear that his acclaimed play Long Day’s Journey Into Night will be enjoying another run in the West End in 2018. Jeremy Irons will be taking to the stage of the Wyndham’s Theatre as he reprises his role from last year’s production at the Bristol Old Vic.

It will be the first time the show has been seen in Theatreland since the 2012 production at the Apollo Theatre which starred David Suchet acting under the direction of Anthony Page. Its latest revival only six years later is a testament to its enduring popularity.

And this popularity will only endure further with the casting of Jeremy Irons, which ensures that this gets a lot of attention, just like the old production did in 2012. He is joined by Lesley Manville and director Richard Eyre when the show opens at the Wyndham’s in the New Year.

The production will follow-up two other high profile shows playing at the West End venue. The location is currently the home to Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill, a play that also has a lot in common with the capital’s jukebox musicals as it is a celebration of the work of Billie Holiday. It is followed by Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, the latest play from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time writer Simon Stephens.

The semi-autobiographical Long Day’s Journey Into Night focuses on the Tyrone family – James, his wife Mary and their children Jamie and Edmund. Set during the course of a particularly hot summer’s day we witness the dysfunctions of this family unit play out, with alcoholism and other substance abuses mixing to depict a struggling world.

Penned in the 1940s and released in the 1950s, Long Day’s Journey Into Night is often regarded as one of Eugene O’Neill’s most popular works and so its return in 2016 at the Bristol Old Vic naturally found a huge audiences, particularly with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in the lead roles. The instantly recognisable actors will also ensure similar success in the capital.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night takes up shop at the Wyndham’s Theatre in the New Year, with exact dates to be confirmed.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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