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    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.
    Hudson Theatre (See map)
    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.

    Latest Audience Reviews

    The show was great and the actors amazing. Jake Gyllenhaal nailed it and how he was able to flip... More

    KathleenCasaceli's avatar
    KathleenCasaceli 23 Sep 2019

    The acting was astounding. One man shows can be hit or miss and these both were fantastic. Subjec... More

    LastMidnight's avatar
    LastMidnight 05 Sep 2019

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

    bradleyl's avatar
    bradleyl 22 Aug 2019

    Great show, although sad subject matter. Both Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal were standouts. J... More

    keric's avatar
    keric 04 Aug 2019

    The play was very moving and done extremely well.

    carlyp1's avatar
    carlyp1 11 Sep 2019

    Very emotional, amazing actors.

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    camilaviola 03 Oct 2019
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