Tickets go on sale today for a strictly limited season of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford and directed by Sarna Lapine, at the Savoy Theatre. Preview performances will begin on 11 June and run until 5 September 2020. The official opening night and full casting will be announced in due course.
Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece follows painter Georges Seurat (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting – A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to “finish the hat”, Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot (Annaleigh Ashford), not realising that his actions will reverberate for the next 100 years.
This production began at New York City Center, it then transferred for a sold-out limited season at Hudson Theatre on Broadway where it was met with great acclaim.
Jake Gyllenhaal said:
“Performing Sunday in the Park with George with the brilliant Annaleigh Ashford was one of the greatest joys of my career, I’ve also deeply missed the West End and so to be bringing Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical there alongside Annaleigh is both humbling and thrilling.”
Annaleigh Ashford said: “Sharing the masterpiece that is Sunday in the Park with George with audiences, has been one of the greatest pleasures of my artistic life. It is an honour to play Dot again with genius Jake Gyllenhaal and to tell this story of children and art to the great city of London.”
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim said: “We are thrilled that a London audience will get to see the recent Broadway production of Sunday in the Park with George with Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford reprising their extraordinary performances. We also look forward to seeing them joined by a terrific British company.”
Jake Gyllenhaal (George). Broadway: Constellations, Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: Sea Wall/A Life, Little Shop of Horrors (Encores!), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. West End: This Is Our Youth. Films include Velvet Buzzsaw, Wildlife, The Sisters Brothers, Stronger, Okja, Nocturnal Animals, Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain, Southpaw,Prisoners, Demolition, Enemy, Everest, End of Watch, Jarhead, Zodiac, Proof, The Good Girl, Moonlight Mile, Lovely and Amazing, October Sky, Source Code, Love & Other Drugs, Brothers and Donnie Darko. Upcoming: Spider Man: Far From Home, Sea Wall/A Life (Broadway), Sunday in the Park with George (West End). Sea Wall/A Life marks Gyllenhaal’s third collaboration with playwright Nick Payne.
Annaleigh Ashford (Dot) Broadway: Sunday in the Park With George, You Can’t Take It With You, Sylvia, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Hair, Legally Blonde the Musical. Off Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George (Encores!), Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park), Rent (New World Stages), Dogfight (Second Stage). Betty on Showtime’s critically acclaimed Masters of Sex. Other TV/Film: Late Night, Annaleigh Ashford Live from Lincoln Center, Bad Education, Unbelievable, American Crime Story: Versace, Second Act, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Smash, Unicorn Store, Sex and the City, Better Off Single, Top Five, Rachel Getting Married, Frozen.