Jeremy Herrin’s new West End production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night starring Brian Cox has set its sights on a Spring 2024 opening in the West End.
It was announced late last year that acclaimed actor Brian Cox (HBO’s Succession) is returning to the West End stage in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s classic, Pulitzer Prize winning American drama.
Cox has wanted to play the central part of Father James for years, and has said: “It has long been an ambition of mine to play Eugene O’Neill’s flawed patriarch James Tyrone, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to do so on a West End stage. I’m a great admirer of Jeremy Herrin’s work and I am looking forward to us delving into O’Neill’s masterpiece together.”
Following his recent acclaimed production of Best of Enemies , Jeremy Herrin’s new production promises to bring into sharp focus the universality of Eugene O’Neill’s characters and language.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Long Day’s Journey Into Night will see Cox take on the part of patriarch James Tyrone, a faded performer who is wrecked by addiction, bitter rage and denial.
Brian Cox is best known for playing Logan Roy in long-running HBO drama Succession, which has just started its fourth and final season.
His stage career includes winning Olivier awards for Rat in the Skull in 1984 at the Royal Court and Titus Andronicus for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988. On Broadway he has played Eugene O’Neill’s play Strange Interlude, in 1985.
In October last year, Cox starred as the composer Johann Sebastian Bach in new play The Score by Oliver Cotton, directed by Trevor Nunn at Theatre Royal Bath.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night last appeared in the West End in 2018 starring Jeremy Irons.
Specific dates and West End venue are to be announced.
The play is produced by Herrin’s Second Half Productions, which also produced Best of Enemies, and Amy Adams in The Glass Menagerie.
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