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Lesley Manville has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Support Actress for her role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, as she prepares to star alongside Jeremy Irons in Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Eugene O’Neill’s play will open in London’s West End on the 27 January 2018.
Renowned as one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century, Long Day’s Journey Into Night will run for a limited 10 week seas at Wyndham’s Theatre.
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.
Speaking of her appearance in the play, Oscar nominated Lesley Manville says: “Shortly after Richard Eyre and I worked together on Ghosts he asked me if I’d be interested in doing Long Day’s Journey Into Night with him at Bristol. Ghosts is a big, emotional and epic play but not even that prepared me for the challenge of O’Neill’s masterpiece which is, by far, the hardest play I have ever done. But at the same time thrilling. I cannot wait to play those scenes again to a wider audience. O’Neill is a genius and Richard Eyre’s production gives nothing but credit to this classic American family saga.”
Manville plays Mary Tyrone in the production. As well as receiving an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Phantom Thread, she has also been awarded the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for her work in 2002’s All Or Nothing and the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress for 2010’s Another Year.
Her stage credits include Top Girls, His Dark Materials, and Six Degrees Of Separation, as well as Olivier Award winning turns in Grief at the National Theatre and Ghosts at the Almeida.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night Director Richard Eyre says: “I’m excited that I’m having the opportunity to revive a production that I loved. We had a wonderful time doing this play in Bristol and it’s marvellous to be able to share the production with audiences in the West End.”
Phantom Thread is the eighth film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and stars Daniel Day Lewis and Vicky Krieps alongside Manville. Anderson previously directed the award winning The Master and There Will Be Blood.
The film is also nominated for Best Picture, Lead Actor, and Director at the 90th annual Academy Awards on the 4 March 2018.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons, opens in the West End on the 27 January 2018.
Tickets for Long Day’s Journey Into Night are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.