David Suchet to star 2012 West End staging of Long Day's Journey Into Night - tickets available now

Posted: 2nd August 2011

Long Day's Journey Into Night is a partly-autobiographical 1941 work by American playwright Eugene O'Neill. Calling on he and his brother's experiences at home, the four-act drama examines the relationships across the dynastic Tyrone family on one day in August 1912.

Set in the family's Connecticut home, Long Day's Journey Into Night is an honest and intimate portrait of a family in crisis, splintered by the various addictions of its members. The patriarch James Snr and his two sons Edmund and Jamie are all alcoholics, while mother Mary is addicted to morphine.

The paranoia and stress associated with the addictions, combined with Edmund's health worries, present an intense, engaging insight into the breakdown of family relationships. After its first staging in 1956, the play won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Eugene O'Neill - a prize he received posthumously having passed away in 1953.

With bizarre symmetry, the depressive and alcoholic O'Neill was born and died in a hotel room (one in New York, one in Boston); his last words were: "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room, and God damn it, died in a hotel room."

His legacy was a study of the destructive forces of addiction that resonates to this day and, in 2012, a new audience will share in his experiences when erstwhile Poirot David Suchet heads the cast of a new staging.

Long Day's Journey Into Night is at London's Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue from 2nd April 2012, now booking until 18th August 2012.

We have tickets for all performances available now, prices starting at £30.50.

Prior to the West End run, you can catch the play in Richmond, Milton Keynes and Glasgow from 22nd February.

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