Long Day's Journey Into Night

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Preview by Thom Louis.
Published 29 February 2012

After David Suchet’s breathtaking, Olivier Award-nominated performance alongside Zoë Wannamaker in All My Sons last year, the nation’s favourite Belgian detective stars in another claustrophobic, American family drama. The Glasgow Theatre Royal hosts Suchet in Eugene O’Neill’s Tony Award-winning and haunting masterwork - Long Day’s Journey into Night.

The irony is not lost that Suchet – forever Poirot – is portraying James Tyrone Senior, an aging actor who has become tired of playing the same character, but he isn’t the only star in this production. Long Day’s Journey into Night heralds the return of Laurie Metcalf to the British stage, who last graced the boards in the United Kingdom in a 2001 production of – guess what? – All My Sons. Best known for her Emmy winning performance in the acclaimed comedy-drama Roseanne, and more recently for her appearances as Mary Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, she is an exciting addition to what promises to be a fascinating production. Hopefully, the pair will rival Suchet’s last on-stage marriage.

Taking the director’s chair is Anthony Page, whose award nomination list seems to be infinite. Of particular note is his Tony Award for A Doll’s House; then there is his Middlemarch, which caused a sensation in the early 90’s. A Long Day’s Journey into Night may not bring in as much tourism to New London, Connecticut as Middlemarch did with Stamford but it will certainly make an impact at the Theatre Royal.