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Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Citizens Theatre Glasgow and HOME present a new co-production of one of the greatest American dramas of the twentieth century.

The four members of the troubled Tyrone family each have their vice to dull their memories of their painful past and face their current trials. Over the course of one devastating day at their Connecticut summer home, the resentments of the family are exposed, pushing their bonds to the limit.

Eugene O’Neill’s moving and insightful Pulitzer Prize-winning play delves into the private lives and failings of the conflicted family while revealing insights into his own upbringing.

Directed by Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill, director of Endgame in 2016.

The production has been nominated for two awards in the annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) awards; George Costigan for Best Male Performance, and Tom Piper and Ben Ormerod for Best Design.

Find out what audiences have been saying about Long Day’s Journey Into Night by listening to their reviews below:


★★★★ “[Eugene] O’Neill’s bruising classic hits home… Compelling.” – The Guardian

★★★★ ” In an age of rapid-fire 90-minute plays with no interval, a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece certainly feels like a good old-fashioned banquet, albeit a well-oiled one… Dominic Hill’s painstaking, fluent production holds its audience spellbound for the bulk of the three-hour running time.” – The Times (behind paywall)

★★★★ “A bold yet reverent reading of an important moment in theatre.” – The Stage

“Dominic Hill’s production [is] a gruelling and enthralling account of a great 20th century drama… All five players deliver performances to remember.” – The Scotsman

★★★★ “Dominic Hill’s mighty revival… Delivered in stately fashion… This is a show that aches with the pain of a dynasty in freefall.” – Herald Scotland

“The atmosphere comes from some great writing, but is also communicated through the furtive glances, tense pauses and overlapping delivery of a production with a great sense of rhythm and timing and some very precise and detailed acting performances… The cast all perform flawlessly.” – British Theatre Guide

[George] Costigan is fantastic as James Tyrone… Long Day’s Journey Into Night is one of those great plays that demands your full attention to truly work its magic… Gripping, relentless and at times, incredibly painful, this is a beautiful production of one of the greatest family dramas of all time… And it’s a must-see.” I Love Manchester

★★★★★ “Director Dominic Hill’s captivating and expertly judged production is an absolute triumph… In the hands of Hill, his creative team, and a magnificent cast, this slick and explosive new production proves utterly unmissable.” – The Arts Shelf

★★★★ “There’s some great acting… It’s an enjoyable production, brilliantly designed.” – Northern Soul

★★★★ “This co-production between Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre and HOME works on every level… 60 years after its first performance it loses none of its intense potency.” – Manchester Theatre Awards

“The four main actors, under the direction of Dominic Hill, work together like a musical quartet – as tuned into each other’s performances as they are to their own… George Costigan negotiates the alternating tenderness and rage of James Tyrone with aplomb.” – Weekend Notes

“It is a journey that starts slow, steadily gathers speed, then accelerates wildly… [A] marvellous production of Eugene O’Neill’s grand-hearted, largely autobiographical play… By the end it is a wonder that the car is still on the road, and everyone is still (just about) standing.” – Jildy Sauce

“This production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night left this theatre-goer feeling exhausted, tense, emotional, anxious and indeed feeling like one of the family. There’s one more adjective; privileged.” – Honorary Manc

“Performed with aplomb… This is a play that demands a huge investment from the audience, but in return the rewards are immense… If this cast do not receive some kind of award for this play I shall be very surprised.” – Reviewer Number 9

“Director Dominic Hill has shaped an exquisitely raw study of a family trapped in the throes of addiction and regret.” Live Art Alive

“The excellent cast are fully attuned to the disharmony of the play… Everything though seems to revolve around Bríd Ní Neachtain’s fragile mother Mary, [who] holds your attention throughout with a sympathetic, deeply sensitive performance… This is a high quality binge-watch.” – Circles & Stalls

“George Costigan gives a powerful performance as the father, James Tyrone, and Brid Ni Neachtain is superb as his wife Mary… Excellently performed.” – Manchester Salon

Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a play that not only takes hold of you, but promises to haunt you for days to come… It is a must-see, and an unforgettable production.” – The Manchester Review

“Bríd Ní Neachtain’s acting performance is off-the-scale good… Long Day’s Journey Into Night is just a very rich and detailed view directly into the arguments of an incredibly annoying family – though, as such, it’s delivered very well… If you’re looking for value for money then they don’t come much better than this.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer

“A harrowing glimpse into a family inexorably sinking into the quicksand of its own past… Long Day’s Journey Into Night takes place over a single day, but packed into that day are decades of pain, disappointment and struggle… Exhausting and often brutal.” – Unrestricted Views

★★★★½ “Dominic Hill’s direction pulls out the underlying tension… The performances by the entire cast are slick and natural. While a fairly long play, you remain fully engrossed throughout… This is a show not to be missed.” The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “The cast do a magnificent job with Eugene O’Neill’s intense script… The evening flies by.” – Broadway World

★★★★ “Dominic Hill directs a fine cast led by the vigorously mesmerising George Costigan as [the] family head… It’s a long play but Hill is, fortunately, able to bring out the humour well… It is, in the end, worth taking in this classic play performed by a strong cast in a visually striking production.” – Backstage Pass

By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.