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.