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British actor David Suchet

Long Day's Journey Into Night | 2012


“Performed as tremendously as this, this great play is cathartic in the timeless sense, undamming unspeakable emotions, and uplifting despite all.”

— Ismene Brown for The Arts Desk

 

Dates

Opening night: 2 April 2012 Closing night: 18 August 2012

Creative

Written by Eugene O'Neil
Directed by Anthony Page
Designer: Lez Brotherston
Lighting: Mark Henderson
Sound: Gareth Owen

Cast

David Suchet as James Tyrone
Laurie Metcalf as Mary Tyrone
Kyle Soller as Edmund Tyrone
Trevor White as Jamie Tyrone
Rosie Sansom as Cathleen

Show Info

Following his critically acclaimed performance in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in 2010, David Suchet returns in Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece.

Long Day’s Journey into Night. Set in 1912, the story is a compelling family drama between James Tyrone (David Suchet), Mary Tyrone and their sons, Jamie and Edmund during a long summer’s day.

This multi-award winning play is one of the greatest American plays written in the twentieth century.

 

Awards

For his performance in this play, David Suchet was nominated for Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards (2012) and the TheatrePeople Awards (2012). “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” has been awarded the Best Revival prize at the Olivier Award (2013).

What press had to say...

“This superbly judged and wonderfully acted production, finds flickers of humour in the darkness as well as aching passages of desperate love.” — Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph

“Performed as tremendously as this, this great play is cathartic in the timeless sense, undamming unspeakable emotions, and uplifting despite all” — Ismene Brown for The Arts Desk

“Suchet harks back even further to Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre performance but resists Olivier’s barking swagger, playing a much more broken, accommodating figure with odd flashes of the commanding Shakespearean; his theatrical heyday is a fading memory, not so much a defiant recreation, as it was with Olivier.” — Michael Coveney for whatsonstage.com

“Suchet has all the qualities one looks for in James: the vocal resonance, the poker-backed bearing, the self-conscious dignity of a man who brought a Shakespearean technique to crowd-pleasing melodrama. He also conveys the miserliness in one brilliantly inventive touch: instead of replacing a broken shoelace, he simply moistens it with the tip of his tongue and carefully re-threads it.” — Michael Billington for The Guardian

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“As the anguished, tight-fisted father, David Suchet gives a performance of high-definition intensity, suddenly seeming physically diminished as expansive hope gives way to bitter despair. His eyes glow with love at one moment, spark with fury the next. And the passage in which he describes his dirt-poor childhood, which in part, at least, explains the meanness with money that possibly caused his wife’s addiction, and certainly explains his sell-out career, is overpoweringly moving.” — Charles Spencer for The Telegraph

“Suchet deploys a brilliant mastery of the text’s crazy pendulum-swings from affability to rage, kidding himself that his beloved wife is cured of addiction, or ranting about his sons not knowing ’the value of a dollar and the fear of the poorhouse’ before abruptly lavishing drink money on them ... The same erratic mood afflicts his sons, particularly the invalidish, spiritual Edmund, wonderfully played by Kyle Soller ... Perhaps the most brilliant of all is Laurie Metcalf as the wife and mother who, during a day that begins in placid sunshine, returns to the drug. At first in ladylike denial about her ’medicine’, she declines into delusion, paranoia, pathos, and unwelcome bursts of frankness. Yet all the time her underlying humanity and historic griefs show through. Anthony Page, the director, did well to keep in far more of her lines intact than other adaptations: she, as much as Suchet, is the core of this remarkable evening.” — From The Times

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