Home Manchester’s co-production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night opens next week, running from 10 May until 26 May.

A collaboration with Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow, Long Day’s Journey Into Night is directed by Dominic Hill and designed by Tom Piper who both works on previous collaboration Endgame which ran at Home Manchester in 2015.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves in to the private lives and failings of the conflicted Tyrone family.  Due to the intensely personal nature of the play, O’Neill refused permission for it to be performed in his own lifetime.  After finally being performed in 1956, it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play.

Who is appearing in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Home Manchester?

George Costigan, who is best known for portraying Bob in Alan Clarke’s 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too, leads a cast of five in the role of the embittered washedup actor and negligent father, James Tyrone. In recent years George has starred in numerous TV drama series including Line of Duty, Happy Valley, Vera and Scott & Bailey and has also worked with Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill on acclaimed productions including Crime and Punishment, King Lear and Oresteia: This Restless House.

Playing opposite George is Bríd Ní Neachtain in the role of troubled wife and mother Mary Cavan Tyrone. A longstanding member of the renowned Abbey Theatre company, Bríd has a host of film and TV credits to her name.

Lorn Macdonald is known for his well-received performance as Renton in Gareth Nicholls’ Trainspotting, and for the role of Orestes in Dominic Hill’s critically acclaimed production of Zinnie Harris’s The Oresteia: This Restless House. In Long Day’s Journey Into Night Lorn plays Edmund Tyrone – a character modelled on Eugene O’Neill himself.

They will be joined by Sam Phillips, as the couple’s elder son, James Tyrone Jr. Sam’s screen credits include appearing alongside Martin Sheen in Far From the Madding Crowd and BBC One TV drama, The Syndicate, with stage appearances including the National Theatre’s renowned production of The History Boys.

The cast is completed by Dani Heron as Cathleen. Dani recently graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with a first-class degree in acting.

The creative team is headed by Citizens Theatre’s Artistic Director Dominic Hill.  Design comes from Tom Piper (Hay Fever, Endgame, The Libertine, Hamlet and King Lear); lighting designer is Ben Ormerod (Oresteia: This Restless House, King Lear, Hamlet; Award-winning Composer Claire Mckenzie and Sound Designer Matt Padden also join the team.

When does A Long Day’s Journey Into Night run at Home Manchester?

A Long Day’s Journey Into Night runs at Home Manchester Thursday 10 until Saturday 26 May 2018.

image courtesy Tim Morozzo.