Long Day’s Journey into Night is a semi-autobiographical retelling of O’Neill’s own troubled family life. Set in 1912 Connecticut, we follow the Tyrone family as they confront personal demons – namely Mary’s morphine addiction – in order to move on from the past and look towards the future. The action takes place over one single summer’s day, soon after Mary’s return from a treatment facility. Whilst the family remark on how well she is looking and doing, it is soon made apparent that Mary’s recovery is far from straightforward. As old wounds are opened and new lesions surface, it is clear that the Tyrone family’s existence hangs by a thread.
The Apollo’s Long Day’s Journey into Night boasts an incredibly talented cast and crew. Director Anthony Page has brought many a great playwright’s work to life on the West End, from Edward Albee to Thomas Beckett and Henrik Ibsen to Tennessee Williams. Page has also won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play, for his 1997 production of A Doll’s House.
David Suchet and Laurie Metcalf impress as husband and wife James and Mary Tyrone, with Suchet’s performance being called ‘brilliant’ by The Times. Suchet is regarded as a West End veteran and has received numerous awards, notably the Critic’s Circle and WhatsOnStage awards for Best Actor in the Arthur Miller classic All My Sons. Metcalf is an established American actress who has received three Emmy Awards for her role as Jackie on the much loved sitcom Roseanne.