Award winning actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Nightcrawler) will take to the London stage in Summer 2020 in a new production of Sunday in the Park with George.
The Velvet Buzzsaw actor will play painter Georges Seurat in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical which opens at the Savoy Theatre for a limited 12-week run from 11 June 2020.
Tony Award winning actress Annaleigh Ashford (Wicked, Legally Blonde) will play his neglected lover Dot with further casting to be announced.
The production previously ran at New York City Center in 2016, followed by a sold-out run at Hudson Theater on Broadway in 2017.
Sunday in the Park with George follows painter Georges Seurat 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, not realising that his actions will reverberate for the next 100 years.
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 Georgewith 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 & 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.”
Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece is directed by Sarna Lapine.
Sunday in the Park with George runs from 11 June 2020 until 5 September 2020 at the Savoy Theatre, London.