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 TheStage.co.uk

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From WhatsOnStage.com

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.

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