As recently confirmed on WestEndTheatre.com, Brian Cox is set to star in a new revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night this spring 2024 in the West End.
The play will run at the Wyndham’s Theatre, from 19 March to 8 June 2024.
The play will also star Hollywood actor and Broadway star Patricia Clarkson (House of Cards, Sharp Objects, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Shutter Island), as matriarch Mary Tyrone, BAFTA nominee Daryl McCormack (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) as James Jr, Alex Lawther (The End of the F**king World) as Edmund, and Louisa Harland (Derry Girls) as Cathleen.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin (Best of Enemies), the show was originally announced in 2022, and promises to bring into sharp focus the universality of Eugene O’Neill’s characters and language.
Acclaimed actor Brian Cox is best known for playing Logan Roy in long-running HBO drama Succession, which is currently in its fourth and final season.
He is returning to the West End following stage work that includes Conor McPherson’s The Weir at the Donmar Warehouse and Wyndham’s Theatre. Cox has won two Olivier Awards – for Rat in the Skull in 1984 at the Royal Court Theatre, and Titus Andronicus at the RSC in 1988. In October 2022 he starred as composer Johann Sebastian Bach in The Score by Oliver Cotton, directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre Royal Bath.
Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning American drama was last seen in the West End in 2018 starring Jeremy Irons.
Patricia Clarkson said in a press statement: “Mary Tyrone is a complex and multifaceted woman—a gift for any actor to play. I’m thrilled to be returning to the West End with this brilliant cast and director. I look forward to tackling this great American play.”
Cox has long coveted the chance to take on the role of Father James Tyrone, a faded performer who is wrecked by addiction, bitter rage and denial, saying recently in a recent press statement that: “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.”
Director Jeremy Herrin said: “A great play is always relevant and ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ is, it’s often argued, the greatest play of the 20th Century. With its searing honesty and blistering depth of emotion, it must be up there. What is impossible to argue with is that we have the best cast and, in Lizzie Clachan, one of the most exciting designers in the country, to discover what makes O’Neill’s masterwork relevant for now. I can’t wait to bring this classic to life. I anticipate a feast of fine acting and vivid performances in what I hope to be a high definition production.”
Long Day’s Journey Into Night 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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