Based on the life of artist George Suerat, the musical follows the creation of his most famous painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”. With obsession taking hold, Suerat is consumed by a need to “finish the hat”. As he shuns his fellow artists, scorns the French bourgeoisie and deserts his lover Dot, the consequences of his obsession echo over the next 100 years – all the way to his great-grandson, another artist called George.
Jake Gyllenhaal is a star of stage and screen, with an Academy Award nomination for Brokeback Mountain (2005). On Broadway, he has appeared in Constellations (2015) and Sea Wall/A Life (2018/2019). Sunday in the Park with George marks his West End debut.
Annaleigh Ashford is best-known for her Broadway work, including Glinda in Wicked (2007) and Lauren in Kinky Boots (2013). In 2015 she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Essie Carmichael in You Can’t Take It with You.
The show features music by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. The pair share a Pulitzer prize for Sunday in the Park with George, and Sondheim also counts eight Tony Awards and an Academy Award to his name. James Lapine won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for another collaboration with Sondheim, Into the Woods (1987). The West End production is directed by Sarna Lapine, with further creatives yet to be announced.
A masterful and well-loved tale of obsession, art and legacy, Sunday in the Park with George at the Savoy Theatre is guaranteed to dominate the West End next Summer. It opens in May 2020.
Recommended forSunday in the Park with George at the Savoy Theatre is an enticing combination of fantastic actors and iconic musical theatre artists – securing a ticket to the show in London is sure to be like gold dust.
Age Recommendations: TBC