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Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway Tickets

Hudson Theatre

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge star in a double-bill of monologues exploring fathers, sons and the life-affirming power of love this summer. Catch Sea Wall/A Life at the Hudson Theatre from July 26 2019.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge’s acclaimed Sea Wall/A Life arrives at the Hudson Theatre this summer. The two-part performance combines Simon Stephens’ Olivier Award-winning monologue Sea Wall with new work from Nick Payne.

In Sea Wall, photographer Alex (Sturridge) is holidaying in the south of France with his family. His counterpart in A Life, Abe (Gyllenhaal), is a music producer and father-to-be. With shattering performances exploring the burden of fatherhood and the legacy of sons, this double bill is a powerful meditation on the crushing weight and affirming power of love.

A Life is the second collaboration between Academy Award nominee Gyllenhaal and Nick Payne, after the actor starred in Constellations (2015). He is best-known for his career in film, with roles including Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Nightcrawler (2014).

Tom Sturridge made his Tony Award-nominated Broadway debut in 2013’s Orphans. Across the big and small screens, he has appeared in The Hollow Crown (2016) and Velvet Buzzsaw (2019).

Simon Stephens’ plays had been performed worldwide, with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time running on Broadway for two years. His work has received both Olivier and Tony Awards.

Nick Payne is a writer of both stage and screen, with his play Constellations enjoying success on both sides of the Atlantic. His other work includes The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse, 2012) and the screenplay for The Sense of an Ending (2016).

Sea Wall/A Life is directed by Carrie Cracknell, whose theatre work spans London’s National Theatre (Medea, 2012) and Almeida Theatre (Oil, 2016) amongst others.

A powerful and complementary set of monologues that will “emotionally wreck you” (Entertainment Weekly), Sea Wall/A Life plays at the Hudson Theatre for a limited season from July 26 2019.

Sorry this show closed 29 September 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
26 Jul 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
Running time:
1 hour and 45 minutes including an intermission.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 12+
Audience Notes:
Fans of Gyllenhaal or Sturridge won’t want to miss the hugely talented duo on stage, in monologues written by two of the UK’s most accomplished talents.

Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway Reviews

15 Reviews
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User Reviews


The show was great and the actors amazing. Jake Gyllenhaal nailed it and how he was able to flip back and forth telling two different stories as one was just incredible. Trying to keep the mood on the light side at one point Jake runs into the audien Read more

Performance date: 22 September 2019

The acting was astounding. One man shows can be hit or miss and these both were fantastic. Subject matter is rather dark, however, so be aware that this show does deal a lot with loss. Definitely worth seeing in its limited run however.

Performance date: 04 September 2019

Absorbing show, even with so little going on, and it being 2 hours long. The actors were both wonderful. The stories were well written, sometimes a bit melodramatic, but it's hard not to lean that way in monologue plays. I was definitely moved at cer Read more

Performance date: 21 August 2019
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