Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Wyndhams Theatre, London
Long Day’s Journey Into Night - Wyndhams Theatre, London
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2018 brings many top shows to the capital, following up a year in which audiences saw some award-winning and acclaimed plays in 2017. For proof of this one only needs to look at the show headed to the Wyndham’s Theatre in January as Eugene O’Neill’s classic story of family dysfunction at the turn of the 20th century plays out in front of West End audiences.
Over the years this very play has made appearances in the capital and each time it is staged with great admiration from theatregoers. The last time this happened was in 2012 when David Suchet appeared in a production and this time an equally renowned actor has been recruited to perform onstage – Jeremy Irons. The star of films and theatrical productions appears under the direction of Richard Eyre and alongside Lesley Manville.
As for the story, Long Day’s Journey Into night takes us to the second decade of the 20th century and introduces us to the Tyrone family. The proceedings begin on a summer morning and continue right through until midnight as we witness the dysfunction, resentment, anger and addiction at play. Attitudes towards one another mix with substance abuse in the Connecticut household and the result is a brutal and horrifying image of an American family more than a century ago.
The powerful play has been on the receiving end of countless awards since it was first staged in the 1950s, from the Tony Awards in that decade and in 2003 to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, so it has earned a world-class reputation so that today it is one of the most highly regarded pieces of 20th century American literature.
And this world-class piece has landed world-class talent to bring it to life, with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville both returning to the stage in the West End. Both actors have mountains of credits to their names and with Richard Eyre directing them this goes from an anticipated production to a must-see.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night follows Simon Stephens’ new play Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle when it runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End from the New Year. It opens on Saturday 27th January 2018.
Show & Venue InformationWyndhams Theatre
Charing Cross Road
Saturday, 27 January 2018
Sunday, 08 April 2018
2h55 including one interval. Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2pm