Succession’s Brian Cox to star in West End play ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ next year

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Brian Cox is set to play another flawed patriarch in Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’

With the critically acclaimed HBO series Succession coming to an end, there’s a chance for fans to see the real Logan Roy on stage right here in London.

Brian Cox is set to play another flawed patriarch in a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’, which opens at Wyndham’s Theatre next Spring.

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Cox will take on the role of James Tyrone, a semi-retired actor, who is vain, self-obsessed, and miserly.

Often regarded as the greatest American play of the 20th Century, O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece depicts a summer day in the life of the Tyrones, closely based on O’Neill’s own dysfunctional family.

Brian Cox (centre), Alex Lawther (left), Patricia Clarkson (centre right) and Daryl McCormack (right). Credit: Second Half ProductionsBrian Cox (centre), Alex Lawther (left), Patricia Clarkson (centre right) and Daryl McCormack (right). Credit: Second Half Productions
Brian Cox (centre), Alex Lawther (left), Patricia Clarkson (centre right) and Daryl McCormack (right). Credit: Second Half Productions | Credit: Second Half Productions

Moving and inspiring in equal measure, ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ is a story of love, hate, betrayal, addiction and the impossible fragility of family bonds.

Speaking about the role Cox says: “It has long been an ambition of mine to play Eugene O’Neill’s flawed patriarch James Tyrone, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to do so on a West End stage.”

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Cox will be joined by Patricia Clarkson, who will star as his wife Mary, who feels worthless and retreats into a morphine-induced haze.

The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress, who has starred in House of Cards and Sharp Objects said: “Mary Tyrone is a complex and multifaceted woman—a gift for any actor to play.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to the West End with this brilliant cast and director. I look forward to tackling this great American play.”

Alex Lawther (The End of the F***ing World, Black Mirror) will star as Edmund, their consumptive younger son, while Daryl McCormack (Bad Sisters, Good Luck to You Leo Grande) will play James Jr, his alcoholic older brother.

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‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ will be directed by Jeremy Herrin, following on from the success of his recent acclaimed production of Best of Enemies starring Dave Harewood and Zachary Quinto.

‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ is at Wyndham’s Theatre, Mar 19-June 8 2024. Tickets go on sale 10am on May 11.

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