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London’s vibrant theatre scene is about to welcome a legendary duo back to the West End stage. Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actors Brian Cox and Patricia Clarkson are set to perform at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s iconic play, ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night.’ Under the skilful direction of Jeremy Herrin, this upcoming production promises to be a significant event for theatre enthusiasts.

What is ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ About?

Scheduled to open in the spring of 2024, ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ is a masterpiece often regarded as the greatest American play of the 20th Century. Eugene O’Neill, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, drew inspiration from his own tumultuous family life when crafting this powerful drama. The play is a poignant exploration of love, hate, betrayal, addiction, and the profound fragility of family bonds. As the Tyrone family’s story unfolds, it presents a moving and thought-provoking portrayal of the human condition.

This upcoming production, under the skillful direction of Jeremy Herrin, will bring O’Neill’s beautifully crafted characters and language to life in a way that highlights the universal themes that continue to resonate with audiences.

For those unfamiliar with the plot, ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ is a semi-autobiographical play set on a single day in August 1912. As the day progresses, it slowly transforms into night, and the Tyrone family finds themselves indulging in their personal vices. However, amidst their individual struggles, a collective disillusionment with the world becomes apparent.

Who Will Brian Cox Play in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’?

Brian Cox The Golden Unicorn Awards 2018 © JOE ALVAREZ
Brian Cox

In this production, Brian Cox takes on the role of James Tyrone, the flawed patriarch at the center of the Tyrone family. Brian Cox, a Succession star and two-time Olivier Award winner, brings his remarkable talent to the West End once again, expressing his long-held ambition to tackle the character of James Tyrone.

Where and When Will ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Run in London?

The play is scheduled to run at Wyndham’s Theatre from March 19, 2024, to June 8, 2024. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unforgettable journey into the heart of one of Eugene O’Neill’s most profound works.

Elena Leo is the Arts & Lifestyle Editor of Ikon London Magazine.