Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Tony Cownie

Did you pray for Mama?

This Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece from one of the 20th century's greatest playwrights covers one fateful and heart-rending day, from early morning to midnight, at the seaside Connecticut home of the Tyrone family.

Mary’s back home, and seems her old self again, but for how long? As her husband James grapples with their troubled son Jamie, younger son Edmund is in poor health. Mary withdraws from the family, reaching into her version of the past.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night is an intensely moving depiction of a family struggling with addiction, truth, love and the ability to face themselves and each other.

Director, Tony Cownie says: "Apart from Shakespeare, no one delves into the souls of his characters more than Eugene O'Neill. Always individual and intensely private. Tortured yes, but always striving in the dark for a precious flash of life affirming inspiration. In this, arguably his finest achievement, he gives us a haunting and shatteringly honest insight into what it is to be a human."

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Cast and Credits

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Diana Kent - Mary Tyrone
Timothy N Evers - Edmund Tyrone
Adam Best - James Tyrone Jnr
Paul Shelley - James Tyrone
Nicola Roy - Cathleen

Creative Team
Director - Tony Cownie
Designer - Janet Bird
Lighting Designer - Tim Mascall
Composer -  Claire McKenzie
Dialect Coach - Lynn Bains


Dates, Times & Prices

Dates and times

Running Time: To be confirmed (there will be a 20 minute interval)

Friday 17 January, 7.45pm (Preview)
Saturday 18 January, 7.45pm (Preview)
Monday 20 January, 7.45pm (Preview)

Tuesday 21 January, 7.45pm 
Wednesday 22 January, 2.30pm
Wednesday 22 January, 7.45pm
Thursday 23 January, 7.45pm 
Friday 24 January, 7.45pm
Saturday 25 January, 2.30pm 
Saturday 25 January, 7.45pm

Tuesday 28 January, 7.45pm
Wednesday 29 January, 2.30pm
Wednesday 29 January, 7.45pm 
Thursday 30 January, 7.45pm (Touch Tour, 6.30pm and Audio-described Performance)
Friday 31 January, 7.45pm
Saturday 1 Feburary, 2.30pm (Touch Tour, 1.15pm and Audio-described Performance)
Saturday 1 Feburary, 7.45pm

Tuesday 4 Feburary, 7.45pm
Wednesday 5 Feburary, 2.30pm
Wednesday 5 Feburary, 7.45pm (BSL Interpreted Performance)
Thursday 6 Feburary, 7.45pm
Friday 7 Feburary, 7.45pm
Saturday 8 Feburary 2.30pm (Captioned Performance)
Saturday 8 Feburary 7.45pm



  • Grand Circle & Stalls PREMIUM SEATS: £27.50
  • Grand Circle & Stalls STANDARD SEATS: £25
  • Upper Circle STANDARD SEATS: £17
  • Restricted View Seats: £14


  • Grand Circle & Stalls PREMIUM SEATS: £22
  • Grand Circle & Stalls STANDARD SEATS: £20
  • Upper Circle STANDARD SEATS: £15
  • Restricted View Seats: £12

Preview performances

All seats £10, unreserved seating (no concessions)
A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings


Appropriate ID will be required to verify age or status.

Seniors and Arts Workers

  • £3 off full price tickets

Students, people with disabilities and under 18s

  • All seats £10
  • Student standby tickets £7.50 (Available on the day of the performance)
  • Wheelchair spaces available in Stalls Boxes
  • Assistants accompanying people with disabilities go free

Registered unemployed

  • All seats £10
  • Tuesday - Thursday: £5 Stalls tickets on the day (excluding Premium Seats, max 20 per show)

School discounts

  • Tuesday - Saturday: £8.50 (Stalls & Grand Circle), £7.50 (Upper Circle)
  • One teacher free with every ten pupils
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949
  • Discount not available on Premium Seats

Group discounts for 8 or more people

  • £5 off full price tickets (Stalls and Grand Circle) plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • £3 off full price tickets (Upper Circle) plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949
  • Discount not available on Premium Seats

Transaction Fee

  • A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings (excluding free events) to cover the service costs required to process a transaction
  • If you buy multiple tickets at the same time the fee will remain £1
  • Applies to all booking methods and forms of payment


Accessible performances for this production

Touch Tours for the visually impaired

  • Thursday 30 Janurary, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 1 Feburary, 1.15pm

Audio-described Performances

  • Thursday 30 Janurary, 7.45pm
  • Saturday 1 Feburary, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

  • Wednesday 5 Feburary, 7.45pm

Captioned Performance

  • Saturday 8 Feburary, 2.30pm

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum


Access facilities at the Lyceum


  • Blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the theatre
  • Street level access to the Lyceum foyer

Front of House

  • Lifts to all levels
  • Front of House wheelchair available for audience use
  • Induction loop at Box Office
  • Accessible toilet in foyer


  • Infra red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and audio-described performances
  • Guide dogs welcome in auditorium or can be left with Front of House staff
  • Raised Stalls Boxes offers space for up to 27 people in wheelchairs/companions
  • Underlit row letters, tactile row markers and embroidered seats numbers
  • Booster cushions and footstools available
  • Induction loop permanently on

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

Take Part

Creative Learning events for this production


Focus on: A Long Day's Journey Into Night

Spend a relaxed but informative morning with local historian and theatre expert Owen Dudley Edwards as he discusses A Long Day's Journey Into Night.

  • Wednesday 22 January, 10.30am 
  • £6 per class
  • Includes coffee/tea

Post-show Discussion

  • Tuesday 28 January, after evening performance
  • FREE, unticketed

Theatre Discussion Group

Join facilitator Rod McAra for a friendly discussion.

  • Wednesday 5 Feburary, after matinee performance
  • FREE, but ticketed

To book for ticketed events, please call 0131 248 4848 or book online.

(£1 transaction fee applies per booking)

Audience Feedback

Audience feedback for this production

This page is for  feedback from audience members, including comments from social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and also audience reviews.

If you would like to submit your own review of this production, please use the form on this page.

Press Coverage


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"Paul Shelley, Diana Kent, Adam Best and Timothy N Evers successfully illustrate the brutal honesty towards family life. For such demanding roles, where dreams, health and admirations are at a complete standstill, the tension that each cast member creates makes each scene more fragile than the next."
John Darley, Edinburgh Evening News, ★★★★★

"Underlying beauty is perfectly captured in this intense and thoughtful Lyceum production, directed with great concentration and finesse by Tony Cownie."
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman & Scotland on Sunday, ★★★★

"Adam Best and Timothy N.Evers respectively capture the various shades of pathetic self-loathing in the sons' inability to neither live up to their old man's expectations nor break away from them in a family affair to die for."
Neil Cooper, The Herald, ★★★★

"Tony Cownie's new production of Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical masterpiece is astute and emotive"
Mark Brown, The Telegraph, ★★★★

"Tony Cownie's production for The Lyceum is so beautifully paced and finally so moving that it completely catches you up in its emotional atmosphere"
Allan Radcliffe, The Times, ★★★★

"Under Tony Cownie's incisive direction, Diana Kent as Mary Tyrone delivers five parts bitter to one nostalgia. Her powerful performance is perfectly balanced by Paul Shelley as James, her miserly, unfulfilled actor husband...This is a rich reading of a soul-searing drama."
Clare Brennan, The Observer, ★★★★

"Intense, disquieting and ultimately rewarding, the Lyceum’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night is worthy of very high praise...There is no easy resolution to the raw emotion on show, but the reality of those emotions, added to the extremely high standard of acting and directing, make this a production that is highly recommended."
Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, ★★★★

"Cownie’s exceptional revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night easily manages this, and in doing so, kick starts what could be an extremely promising season of theatre for the Lyceum in 2014. A must see this January."
Amy Taylor, thepublicreviews.com, ★★★★

"A dark and moving drama of a family failing to deal with their problems."
Seth Erwin, British Theatre Guide, ★★★★

"The entire cast is impeccable in capturing the multi-layered personalities, each trapped in their own fraught and fragile emotional state...Poignant, profound and ultimately engrossing, this is an exquisitely choreographed production. The audience watched and observed the Tyrone family in utter silence, drawn into their complex lives and heartfelt memories."
Vivien Devlin, Edinburgh Guide, ★★★★

"Moody and challenging, the Lyceum Theatre’s production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night launches its Spring Season, but it feels more suitable for a stormy winter night than anything else."
Melissa Steel, wow247.co.uk. ★★★★

"Newcomer Timothy N. Evers captures Edmund's world-weary resignation, while giving as good as he gets from the drunken attacks of Jamie and their father. Their sparring has an awful mesmeric energy, and at the end there is one of those glorious silences when it seems impolite to clap."
Mark Fisher, The Guardian, ★★★

"Tony Cownie’s production is subdued and subtle, but it builds steadily...100 years after the play is set, Long Day’s Journey is asking: are we that different to those who have gone before us?"
Emma Hay, tvbomb.co.uk, ★★★


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