Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford star in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Sunday In the Park with George coming to London for a strictly limited run at the Savoy Theatre from June 2020.
One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time – 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.
The beautiful painting is a leading example of pointillist technique, in which small, distinct dots of colour are applied in specific patterns to form an image. Executed on a large canvas, Seurat’s composition was painted between 1884 and 1886 and focuses on the landscape of a park located on the banks of the River Seine and includes several Parisian parkgoers.
Follow George as he becomes consumed by his need to finish the painting, isolating himself from the society, the art community and even his long-time love Dot (Annaleigh Ashford), not realising that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years.
Following its run at New York City Centre, the Broadway production opened in 1984, dazzling audiences and receiving great praise from critics. As one of the fastest selling musicals on Broadway, it went on to win the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards for design (and a nomination for Best Musical), numerous Drama Desk Awards, the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production.
This stunning musical has enjoyed several major revivals, including the 2005-06 UK production first presented at the Menier Chocolate Factory and its subsequent 2008 Broadway transfer.
Featuring music and lyrics from the world-famous Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods), Sunday In The Park With George is destined to be the theatrical event of 2020 – be there to witness the musical about the art of making art – this is not your ordinary Sunday.