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Long Day’s Journey into Night is one of the seminal plays of the twentieth century. This heart-breaking drama tells the story of a troubled family as they struggle with addiction and personal demons on one fateful day at the turn of the twentieth century.

Playwright Eugene O’Neill won the Pulitzer Prize for this semi-autobiographical account of his own family life. Though he completed the play in 1942, he refused to allow it to be published or performed until after his death eleven years later.

This new production was directed by Anthony Page. His distinguished career began at the Royal Court, where he served as co-artistic director from 1969-72. His West End credits include Night of the Iguana, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Doll’s House, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Goat by Edward Albee. He also directed the films I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and The Lady Vanishes. The production toured the UK with stops at Nottingham Theatre Royal, Milton Keynes Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, and Glasgow Theatre Royal.

Long Day’s Journey into Night began previews at the Apollo Theatre on 2 April before opening on the 10th.  This limited season ended on 18 August.

Cast Information

West End veteran David Suchet starred as James Tyrone, after winning Critics’ Circle and WhatsOnStage Awards for his performance in All My Sons by Arthur Miller. He is known to television audiences for his role as Agatha Christie’s Inspector Poirot. Acclaimed American actress Laurie Metcalf joined him as Mary Tyrone. A founding member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, she went on to win three Emmy Awards for her role as Jackie on the hit sitcom Roseanne. Jamie was played by Trevor White, whose credits for the Royal Court include Aunt Dan and Lemon, as well as Enron, which subsequently transferred to the West End. After winning this year’s Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer for his performances in The Faith Machine, The Government Inspector, and The Glass Menagerie, Kyle Soller rounded out the cast as Edmund.