Jeremy Irons in the Bristol Old Vic Spring Season 2016 Brochure

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville are featured on the cover of the Bristol Old Vic’s Spring Season 2016 brochure.

Jeremy and Lesley will star in Long Day’s Journey into Night, directed by Richard Eyre, from 23 March until 23 April 2016.

View the full brochure in .pdf format HERE.

Purchase tickets for Long Day’s Journey into Night HERE.

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Jeremy Irons to Star in ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ in 2016

Richard Eyre will direct Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in Long Day’s Journey into Night, as part of the Bristol Old Vic’s 250th Anniversary Season.   from


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Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville will star in a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night as part of the Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary season next year.

Richard Eyre will direct the production, which marks a further collaboration between the director and Manville, following their work together on the Olivier-winning Ghosts. Irons returns to the stage for the first time since starring as Harold Macmillan in the National Theatre’s production of Never So Good in 2008. [Actually, Jeremy was in The Gods Weep in 2010.]

Long Day’s Journey into Night, widely considered one of the greatest tragedies of the modern age, takes place over a single day and follows ageing actor James Tyrone and his wife Mary and their family as they struggle through financial hardship and drug addiction.

Eyre said: “The first play I ever saw – at the age of 15 – was at Bristol Old Vic. To be back here over 50 years later to direct… Long Day’s Journey into Night – one of the greatest (and saddest) plays ever written – is a real privilege.”

The 1956 play will be one of four new productions that will each celebrate one century in the theatre’s lifespan.

Jeremy Irons at ‘Mr. Foote’s Other Leg’ After-party

Jeremy Irons was at the after-party, following the Press Night performance of “Mr. Foote’s Other Leg”, at the Hampstead Theatre in London.  The play is based on the book by Ian Kelly and is directed by Richard Eyre.  The play stars Simon Russell Beale, Micah Balfour, Sophie Bleasdale, Joshua Elliott, Jenny Galloway, Ian Kelly, Dervla Kirwan, Forbes Masson, Joseph Millson and Colin Stinton.  The entire run of the play is SOLD OUT.

Photos by Dan Wooler/REX Shutterstock

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In Georgian London no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, he has become a celebrity in a city and at a moment in time when the concept of selling personality was born. He even has the ear of the king.

Adored by many, despised by some, Foote finds himself at the sharp end of attacks from the press…and a surgeon’s knife. And in an age obsessed with fame, his colleagues from the worlds of science and the stage – from Benjamin Franklin to David Garrick – begin to wonder: does fame make you mad?

Ian Kelly’s riotously funny new play, based on his award-winning biography of Foote, explores our obsession with celebrities, and their rise and fall, through the true story of the Oscar Wilde of the 18th century. Kelly’s other biographies include Antonin Careme, Beau Brummell, Giacomo Casanova (Sunday Times Biography of the Year 2008), and Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Richard Eyre returns to Hampstead following the sell out hit The Last Of The Duchess. His recent theatre credits include Ghosts (Alemida/West End), Pajama Game (Chichester/West End) and Guys and Dolls (National Theatre).

BAFTA and Olivier award-winner Simon Russell Beale makes his Hampstead debut. His recent theatre credits include King Lear (National Theatre), Privates on Parade (West End) and the forthcoming Temple (Donmar).

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes including an interval.

Jeremy Irons Contributes to ‘Poems That Make Grown Men Cry’

Jeremy Irons has chosen a poem to be included in the new book Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, by Anthony Holden and Ben Holden.  The book, produced in partnership with Amnesty International, will be published in April 2014.

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The book is available to pre-order from

In this fascinating anthology, one hundred men—distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theater and human rights—confess to being moved to tears by poems that continue to haunt them. Representing twenty nationalities and ranging in age from their early 20s to their late 80s, the majority are public figures not prone to crying. Here they admit to breaking down when ambushed by great art, often in words as powerful as the poems themselves.

On 29 April 2014, at 6:00pm at the Lyttleton Theatre, selections from the book will be read.  More information and a link to purchase tickets can be found HERE.

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

Grown men aren’t supposed to cry. Anthony and Ben Holden, and Kate Allen (Director, Amnesty International UK), introduce readings from poems that haunt a host of eminent men; they explain why, in words as moving as the poems themselves.

With Melvyn Bragg, Ian McEwan, Mike Leigh, Simon McBurney, Ben Okri and Simon Russell Beale; directed by Richard Eyre.

This Platform is followed by a booksigning.
When you buy your copy from the NT Bookshop, every purchase benefits the NT’s work.

Jeremy Irons – Times Talks Madrid

Jeremy Irons was interviewed on Friday 21 September 2012, by New York Times London-based reporter Matt Wolf. The interview lasted one hour and covered Jeremy’s most recent films The Words and Trashed, as well as The Borgias. The final 15 minutes of the hour was devoted to audience questions.

The interview was live streamed on (though with several technical glitches that shut off the feed). The interview can be see On Demand on

Gallery of 50 photos at Media Punch

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Henry IV, Part 2 – Video, Screencaps & Reviews

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV: Part 2, BBC Two, review – from The Telegraph

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 2, BBC Two
Irons’s ailing king steals Shakespearean diptych
– from The Arts Desk

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 2 continued the series in brilliant fashion – from

Review: The Hollow Crown – Henry IV Part 2 – from The Yorker

The Hollow Crown, Henry IV Part Two. B.B.C. Television Review – from LS Media – The Independent Liverpool Student Newspaper

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Henry IV, Part 1 – Video

Follow the links below to watch The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1

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Shakespeare Uncovered Episode 5 – Jeremy Irons on the Henrys


From the BBC TV Blog – Henry IV & Henry V: Q&A with the Costume Designer


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