Award-winning actors Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville will roar into 2018 in a revival of American playwright Eugene Oâ€™Neillâ€™s searing Long Dayâ€™s Journey Into Night
Award-winning actors Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville will roar into 2018 in a revival of American playwright Eugene Oâ€™Neillâ€™s searing Long Dayâ€™s Journey Into Night.
The drama, based on Oâ€™Neillâ€™s own family, will begin previewing at Wyndhamâ€™s Theatre in late January with an official first night in February. The limited season runs until early April.
Clearer dates will be available once negotiations have taken place between producer Edward Snape of the Fiery Angel theatre company and the Delfont Mackintosh group, owner of Wyndhamâ€™s. Tickets are likely to go on sale within the next few weeks.
Richard Eyre directed this production at the Bristol Old Vic last spring where it ran with Irons, Manville, Hadley Fraser, and Billy Howle as the Tyrone family.The characters are laid bare in this play; thereâ€™s nowhere to hide.
Once more, Irons will take on the part of James Tyrone, the penny-pinching actor manager who looks on helplessly as his wife, Mary (Manville), gets high on morphine.
Hadley Fraser is not available to reprise his role as a dissipated son because heâ€™ll be starring in Mel Brooksâ€™s Young Frankenstein, while Howle is still determining whether or not he will be free to play the Tyroneâ€™s other son.
The gig doesnâ€™t just involve the West End. The Long Dayâ€™s Journey Into Night company would also travel to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and then play in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Manville has been busy filming a second series of BBC comedy Mum, and she will also be seen playing the sister of Daniel Day-Lewisâ€™s character in the new (untitled) Paul Thomas Anderson film.
The movie has taken on enormous significance because it was announced last month that it is to be the three-time Oscar-winnerâ€™s last acting role.
Irons has been aiding the caped crusader in forthcoming Batman films and has appeared opposite Jennifer Lawrence in the spy thriller Red Sparrow.
The full cast and dates will be announced soon.
I had another fix of The Girls â€” the musical based on Calendar Girls â€” on Tuesday night, with a top ensemble starring Claire Moore, Joanna Riding, Claire Machin, Michele Dotrice, Debbie Chazen and Sophie-Louise Dann.Â
It closes at the Phoenix Theatre on July 14, and will tour the UK from August 2018. Itâ€™s one of my favourite shows.
Jodie Comer, who starred as Elizabeth of York in The White Princess, is preparing to play an assassin in the BBC America thriller series Killing Eve, which is based on Luke Jenningsâ€™s Codename Villanelle series of novellas
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Jodie Comer, who starred as Elizabeth of York in The White Princess, is preparing to play an assassin in the BBC America thriller series Killing Eve, which is based on Luke Jenningsâ€™s Codename Villanelle series of novellas. Sandra Oh will play the intelligence operative tracking the assassin. When I heard about Ms Ohâ€™s involvement in this, I promptly watched Alexander Payneâ€™s great movie Sideways, in which she co-stars. Itâ€™s worth a look if you havenâ€™t seen it.
Danny Mac, Siena Kelly, Lizzy Connolly, Jacob Maynard and Matthew Caputo (who took on the Ozzie role the night I was there) who were all sublime in director Drew McOnieâ€™s exhilarating Regentâ€™s Park Open Air Theatre production of On The Town by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
I hear rumours that the big musical at the Open Air Theatre next year is going to be Little Shop Of Horrors â€” and it does make sense to give that flesh-eating plant more room to grow…Â