Jermyn Street Theatre
The UK Premiere
THE FIRST MAN
By Eugene O’ Neill
Directed by Anthony Biggs
Designed by Tim Dann
Lighting by Charlie Lucas
A highly autobiographical work, this is a tale of male pride, family jealousy and maternal longing from one of America’s greatest playwrights.
Following the tragic death of their two young daughters, Martha and Curtis Jayson have made a pact to never have any more children. For ten years they have thrown themselves into anthropological field trips around the world, but having finally returned home to Connecticut, they find themselves suffocated by provincial life and the small-town nature of the Jayson family.
On the eve of Martha’s 39th birthday, as she longs for another child, Curtis plans to embark on their most ambitious expedition yet: an arduous five year mission to Outer Mongolia: to search for the origin of man known as ‘The Missing Link’.
Charlotte Asprey, Kate Copeland, Lynette Edwards, Richard Emerson, Austin Hardiman, Adam Jackson-Smith, Rebecca Lee, Charlie Roe, Paul Ryan, Alan Turkington and Clare Wilkie
Running time: 2 hours – including interval
Monday to Saturday 7.30pm. Saturday matinees 3.30pm