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Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill

Eugene O'Neill's drama focusing on one devastating day in the lives of the Tyrone family. Each member is so absorbed in their own despair that they struggle to confront the truth.

Long Day's Journey Into Night is the story of one devastating day in the Tyrone family, the Great American Family at its worst. The play depicts the family members' downward spiral into addiction, disease, and their own haunted pasts. Awarded a Pulitzer Prize posthumously for this play, it is generally regarded as Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece. With a cast including Robert Glenister, Anastasia Hille and Rupert Evans.

Set in August 1912 in the Summer House of the Tyrones by the sea in Connecticut, the four main characters are considered to be the semi-autobiographical representations of O'Neill himself, his older brother, and their parents.

James Tyrone is a tight-fisted ageing actor whose miserliness has been the ruin of his family. His wife, Mary, has been a morphine addict since the birth of their youngest son, Edmund. Their eldest son, Jamie, is an alcoholic, unable and unwilling to find work on his own, he has been 'forced' to take up his father's profession. Edmund, who has been away as a sailor has returned home sick and awaits the doctor's diagnosis of consumption. They are all so wrapped up in their own despair that they struggle to confront the truth.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 3.

2 hours, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Srul Irving Glick

    Wilderness on Centre Island (South of North)

    Performer: Jerad Mosbey. Singer: Joshua Hopkins.
    • Let Beauty Awake: Joshua Hopkins/Jerad Mosbey.
    • Atma Classique.
    • 10.


Role Contributor
Author Eugene O'Neill
James Tyrone Robert Glenister
Mary Tyrone Anastasia Hille
Jamie Tyrone Rupert Evans
Edmund Tyrone Gwilym Lee
Cathleen Bronagh Waugh
Director Celia de Wolff
Adaptor John Peacock


  • Sun 25 Jun 2017 21:00
  • Sun 28 Jun 2020 19:30

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