REVIEW ROUND-UP: Long Day’s Journey into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre

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Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprise their roles from the Bristol Old Vic run of Richard Eyre’s revival of Eugene O’Neill classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, now running at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre until 8 April 2018. Discover what critics are saying so far here. 

The Guardian: ★★★★ “Leaves you emotionally pulverised by the feeling that O’Neill, in providing an unsparing portrait of his family, is seeking their posthumous forgiveness.”

The Stage: ★★★★ “Eyre’s production is carried, without a doubt, by the immensity of Lesley Manville’s performance.”

Evening Standard: ★★★★ “Richard Eyre’s production, first seen nearly two years ago at Bristol Old Vic, this sprawling drama feels pacier than usual, though it still weighs in at three and a half hours.”

The Times: ★★★★ “Lesley Manville fills the theatre with an anger and a fragility so tangible that it’s almost too much to bear.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★★ “Manville’s monstrously emotive as Mary, she brings out all her character’s pain and suffering to bubble over the entire play.”

Broadway World: ★★★★ “Though a long journey indeed, Richard Eyre’s is a vital revival, giving vigour to Eugene O’Neill’s mighty, semi-autobiographical work and making all the more poignant this tormented but fast-talking family’s gradual dwindling into a despairing silence.”

The Reviews Hub: ★★★★ “It is Manville who is revelatory here. Her Mary is the focal point of Richard Eyre’s compellingly drawn production, and her protracted absence in the show’s fourth act is keenly felt.”

British Theatre Guide: “While it may not be packed with laughs, the sensitive and wholly credible portrayal of a family at war with itself is strongly recommended.”

Radio Times: ★★★★ “This isn’t an easy night of theatre, but it’s a richly rewarding one.”

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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