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Patricia Clarkson to join Brian Cox in Long Day’s Journey Into Night in West End

Alex Lawther and Daryl McCormack will also join the cast.
Alex Lawther and Daryl McCormack will also join the cast. Alex Lawther and Daryl McCormack will also join the cast.

Sharp Objects star Patricia Clarkson and The End Of The F***ing World actor Alex Lawther will join Succession’s Brian Cox in a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s play Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

It was previously announced Scottish star Cox, best known for playing media tycoon Logan Roy in Succession, will take on the role of James Tyrone in the autobiographical play, directed by Jeremy Herrin.

The French Dispatch UK premiere – BFI London Film Festival 2021
The French Dispatch UK premiere – BFI London Film Festival 2021 Alex Lawther (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Clarkson, who starred opposite Amy Adams in the adaptation of the novel Sharp Objects and is also known for roles in Easy A, The Green Mile and Far From Heaven, will play matriarch Mary Tyrone, while Lawther will appear as Edmund.

They will be joined by Daryl McCormack, who recently starred opposite Dame Emma Thompson in Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, as James Jr, while Derry Girls star Louisa Harland will play Cathleen.

UK premiere of A Good Person
UK premiere of A Good Person Daryl McCormack (Ian West/PA)

The play, which marks Cox’s his first West End role in almost a decade, won the Pulitzer Prize and is regarded by some as the greatest American play of the 20th century.

Telling a story of love, hate, betrayal, addiction and the fragility of family bonds, it depicts a summer day in the life of the Tyrone family.

Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards 2019 – Arrivals – London
Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards 2019 – Arrivals – London Louisa Harland (Matt Crossick/PA)

McCormack said: “It has been a dream of mine to bring this play to life, since I first read it as a student more than 10 years ago. To be accompanied by such talented actors and have a brilliant director in Jeremy, it is a true gift. I eagerly await the work that is ahead of us in reviving this magnificently tragic and haunting play.”

Director Herrin added: “A great play is always relevant and Long Day’s Journey Into Night is, it’s often argued, the greatest play of the 20th century.

“With its searing honesty and blistering depth of emotion, it must be up there.

“What is impossible to argue with is that we have the best cast and, in Lizzie Clachan, one of the most exciting designers in the country, to discover what makes O’Neill’s masterwork relevant for now.

“I can’t wait to bring this classic to life. I anticipate a feast of fine acting and vivid performances in what I hope to be a high definition production.”

Long Day’s Journey Into Night will begin previews at Wyndham’s Theatre from March 19 2024 with opening night on April 2 2024.