JAKE GYLLENHAAL AND ANNALEIGH ASHFORD TO STAR IN “SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE” IN LONDON’S WEST END
FOR RELEASE ON MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019
JAKE GYLLENHAAL & ANNALEIGH ASHFORD
TO REPRISE THEIR ACCLAIMED PERFORMANCES
STEPHEN SONDHEIM AND JAMES LAPINE’S
PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING MASTERWORK
“SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE”
IN LONDON’S WEST END
PERFORMANCES BEGIN JUNE 11, 2020, AT THE SAVOY THEATRE
London, UK – Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Riva Marker, and Jeanine Tesori, in association with New York City Center, are delighted to announce that Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford will reunite to reprise their acclaimed performances in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s masterwork, Sunday in the Park with George, for a strictly limited engagement at London’s Savoy Theatre. The production will be directed by Sarna Lapine, with preview performances beginning on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Tickets are on sale beginning today.
Sondheim and 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 realizing that his actions will reverberate for the next 100 years.
This production began at New York City Center, and immediately transferred to Broadway for a sold-out limited engagement at Hudson Theatre where it was met with universal critical and public acclaim.
In a statement, 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 also deeply missed the West End and so to be bringing Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical there alongside Annaleigh is both humbling and thrilling.”
Annaleigh Ashford commented, “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 honor to play Dot again with genius Jake Gyllenhaal and to tell this story of children and art to the great city of London.”
Messrs. Lapine and 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 was produced on Broadway by Ambassador Theatre Group, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Caiola Productions, Jeffrey Finn, Jere Harris and Darren Deverna, J/K/R/S, Claire-Bridget Kenwright, LD Entertainment, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jeanine Tesori, Riva Marker, in association with New York City Center (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO), and Adam Speers – Executive Producer for ATG.
Jake Gyllenhaal will be appearing in Sea Wall / A Life alongside Tom Sturridge for a limited engagement at Hudson Theatre on Broadway from July 26 to September 29.
The 2017 Broadway Cast Recording of Sunday in the Park with George, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, is available to buy, download and stream now. https://lnk.to/SundayLondonPR
The official opening night and complete casting to be announced.
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