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Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford to star in Sunday in the Park with George in the W/E

Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JAKE Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford are to star in Sunday in the Park with George in London’s West End. Directed by Sarna Lapine, it will run at the Savoy Theatre for a strictly limited season – from June 11 to September 5, 2020.

Full casting will be announced in due course.

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 realising that his actions will reverberate for the next 100 years.

This beautiful production began at New York City Center before transferring for a sold-out limited season at Hudson Theater on Broadway, where it was met with universal critical and public acclaim.

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 said: “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 honour to play Dot again with genius Jake Gyllenhaal and to tell this story of children and art to the great city of London.”

James Lapine and Stephen 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.”

Jake Gyllenhaal will be appearing in Sea Wall/A Life alongside Tom Sturridge for a limited engagement at Hudson Theater on Broadway from July 26 to September 29, 2019.

The 2017 Broadway Cast Recording featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford is available to buy, download and stream now at lnk.to/SundayLondonPR.

Image: Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy.

Tickets: From £25 (preview prices available). To book, call 0844 871 7687 or visit www.sundayinthepark.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.