Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville to Star in Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville will reprise their roles in Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

In summary, the production will run at Wyndham’s Theatre from 27th January to 8th April 2018. To emphasize, this strictly limited 10-week booking follows its sold-out run as part of Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary season.

Many considered Long Day’s Journey Into Night one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century. Set in August 1912, the play follows the story of the Tyrone family in their summer home. ‘Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, the Tyrones and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in the cycle of love and resentment.’

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville will reprise their roles as Long Day's Journey Into Night transfers to Wyndham's Theatre. Photo courtesy of Will Longman / London Theatre Guide.
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville will reprise their roles as Long Day’s Journey Into Night transfers to Wyndham’s Theatre. Photo courtesy of Will Longman / London Theatre Guide.

About the lead cast of Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Jeremy Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969 after training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. His role in the said play won him a Tony Award for Best Actor. His other theatre credits include The Mystery Plays (Gloucester Cathedral and Worcester Cathedral), Impressionism (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre), and Never So Good (National Theatre).

Moreover, in an interview, Jeremy Irons said, ‘Over 40 years ago I saw Laurence Olivier play James Tyrone. I never dreamed I would one day be given the opportunity to play him myself.’

Meanwhile, Lesley Manville is known for her frequent collaboration with director Mike Leigh. For his 2002 film All or Nothing, Lesley Manville won the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year. And for Mike’s 2010 film Another Year, Lesley received the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress as well as a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her theatre credits include Ghosts (Almeida Theatre), Grief (National Theatre), and Six Degrees of Separation (The Old Vic).

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