Sea Wall/A Life at Hudson Theatre tickets
Sea Wall/A Life at Hudson Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including intermission)
Opened: 26 Jul 2019
Press night: 08 Aug 2019
Booking from: 26 Jul 2019
Booking until: 29 Sep 2019

Location and map

Hudson Theatre
141 West 44th Street
New York, 10036

15 Reviews Add review

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... More

KathleenCasaceli 5"4, 62 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The acting was astounding. One man shows can be hit or miss and these both were fantastic. Subject matter is rather dark, however,... More

LastMidnight 5’8”, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Absorbing show, even with so little going on, and it being 2 hours long. The actors were both wonderful. The stories were well written,... More

bradleyl 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great show, although sad subject matter. Both Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal were standouts. Jake was able to mix comedy and drama... More

keric 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The play was very moving and done extremely well.

carlyp1 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Very emotional, amazing actors.

camilaviola 29 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I did enjoy the show, simple set, no frills production but good acting. The topics of love and grief are something everyone can relate... More

BriT 25 reviews, 2 helpful votes

carlyp1 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

BroadwayAngel 5’, 51 reviews, 0 helpful votes