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Long Day’s Journey Into Night - full casting and U.S. dates announced

Jessica Regan

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Richard Eyre’s acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from January 27 to April 7, 2018.

Jessica Regan will return to the role of Cathleen, having played her in the 2016 Bristol Old Vic production. Matthew Beard and Rory Keenan will join the company as Edmund Tyrone and James Tyrone Jr alongside the previously announced Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, who will play James and Mary Tyrone.

Until recently, Jessica Regan played series regular Niamh Donoghue in Doctors for the BBC, for which she has won Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards. Her theatre credits include Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Liola directed by Richard Eyre (National Theatre), Stars In The Morning Sky (Belgrade Coventry); The Kitchen, The Cherry Orchard and Blood And Gifts (National Theatre) and The Flags (Royal Court Liverpool).

Matthew Beard is best known for his work in film, including the roles of Guy Bellingfield in The Riot Club, Peter Hilton in The Imitation Game, Howard Raymond in The Look of Love and a young Blake Morrison in And When Did You Last See Your Father? Other screen credits include One Day, Chatroom, Acid Burn, An Education, Panic Buddy and Singularity.

Beard made his stage debut as Edward in Skylight (Wyndham’s Theatre) starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award when the production transferred to Broadway.

Rory Keenan

Rory Keenan is best known for the role of Bilibin in the latest BBC adaption of War and Peace, Simon in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Donal in Peaky Blinders. Other screen credits include Primeval, Birdsong, The Clinic, Aristocrats, Dear Dilemma, a leading role in two series of On Home Ground, Intermission, Ella Enchanted, Reign Of Fire, Close, Gun and Benedict Arnold.

As well as his extensive credits in film and television, Keenan has starred in a variety of stage shows including Welcome Home Captain Fox directed by Blanche McIntyre (Donmar Warehouse), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me directed by Michael Attenborough and Liola directed by Richard Eyre (National Theatre).

Considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century, Long Day’s Journey Into Night is set in the Tyrones’ summer home, August 1912. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, the Tyrones and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in the cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and the family indulge in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives.

Following the London dates, Long Day’s Journey Into Night will transfer to Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater (May 8-27) and the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Los Angeles (June 8 to July 1).

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