Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford are to transfer their smash hit Broadway musical, Sunday in the Park with George, to London’s West End next year.
Stephen Sondheim and James 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 beautiful production began at New York City Center and then transferred for a sold-out season on Broadway where it was met with universal critical and public 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 deeply missed the West End 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 & 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.”
Sunday in the Park with George will run at the Savoy Theatre from June 11 – September 5, 2020.