The Citizens Theatre has released casting details for its forthcoming co-production with HOME, Manchester, of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which runs from 13 Apr – 5 May at the Citizens Theatre and at HOME, Manchester from 9 – 16 May.
Long regarded as one of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves into the private lives and failings of the conflicted Tyrone family. Due to the intensely personal nature of the play O’Neill refused for it to be performed in his own lifetime, though when it was finally staged in 1956, it would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play.
George Costigan, who is best known for portraying Bob in Alan Clarke’s 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too, leads a cast of five in the role of the embittered washed-up actor and negligent father, James Tyrone.
In recent years George has starred in numerous quality TV drama series including Line of Duty, Happy Valley, Vera and Scott & Bailey and has also worked with Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill on acclaimed productions including Crime and Punishment, King Lear and Oresteia: This Restless House.
Lorn Macdonald is familiar to Citizens Theatre regulars for his “spectacularly brilliant” (Scotsman) performance as Renton in Gareth Nicholls’ Trainspotting, and for the role of Orestes in Dominic Hill’s critically acclaimed production of Zinnie Harris’s The Oresteia: This Restless House. In Long Day’s Journey Into Night Lorn plays Edmund Tyrone – a character modelled on Eugene O’Neill himself.
Playing opposite George is Bríd Ní Neachtain in the role of troubled wife and mother Mary Cavan Tyrone. A longstanding member of the renowned Abbey Theatre company, Bríd has a host of film and TV credits to her name, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night marks her debut on the Citizens stage.
They will be joined by Sam Phillips as the couple’s elder son, James Tyrone Jr. Sam’s screen credits include appearing alongside Martin Sheen in Far From the Madding Crowd and the BBC One TV drama, The Syndicate, with stage appearances including the National Theatre’s renowned production of The History Boys.
The cast is completed by Dani Heron as Cathleen. Dani recently graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with a first class degree in acting.
Backstage, Citizens Theatre’s Artistic Director Dominic Hill heads a creative team including regular collaborators Designer Tom Piper (Hay Fever, Endgame, The Libertine, Hamlet and King Lear) and Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod (Oresteia: This Restless House, King Lear, Hamlet). Award-winning Composer Claire Mckenzie and Sound Designer Matt Padden will also join the team.
Rehearsing and opening at the Citizens Theatre, the production will play at co-producers HOME, Manchester from 9 – 26 May, following their previous successful collaboration on Endgame in 2015.