Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday in the Park with George at the Savoy Theatre

By | Posted on 05-Dec-2019

Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday in the Park with George at the Savoy Theatre

Jake Gyllenhaal returns to the West End for the first time in 18 years to star in Sunday in the Park With George. Last performed in London in 2006, find out more about the award-winning Sondheim musical, previous Broadway revivals and the upcoming 12-week revival at the Savoy Theatre.

Everything about Sunday in the Park with George

What happens in Sunday in the Park With George?

Inspired by the Georges Seurat pointilist painting, Sunday in the Park With George follows a dramatised George as he works with a blank canvas. Determined to ‘finish the hat’ and focus his attention on painting, Seurat neglects those around him as well as his lover Dot. In the second half, audiences meet Seurat’s great-grandson who shares the same name. Although he is living up to his family legacy as a successful artist, he struggles to connect with his descendants. Working with paint to create life, both Georges must learn to face the worlds around them.

Who is Sunday in the Park with George written by?

The 1984 musical is written by Stephen Sondheim, a twentieth-century musical theatre great. With a list of award-winning productions to his name including West Side Story, Company and Sweeney Todd, musicals by Sondheim are renowned for their lyrical, fluid sounds and lush orchestrations. Having won five Olivier Awards for best new musical, read all about Stephen Sondheim here and take a listen to the greatest songs written by the American composer and lyricist.

Who will star in Sunday in the Park with George?

Sunday in the Park With George

Jake Gyllenhaal will return to the West End to reprise his role as Georges Seurat. The BAFTA winner and Golden Globe-nominated actor is best known for appearing in films including Nightcrawler, The Day After Tomorrow and Brokeback Mountain. However, the American actor made his professional theatre debut in the West End in 2002, starring in This is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre. Gyllenhaal has starred in American productions including Constellations and If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet, however his most successful on-stage appearance was in Sunday in the Park with George, transferring to Broadway after four concert performances.

Annaleigh Ashford will star alongside Gyllenhaal, reprising her role as Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George. Soon to make her West End debut at the Savoy, her theatre credits include Wicked, Legally Blonde and Kinky Boots on Broadway.

Further casting is to be announced.

What did critics say about the Broadway production?

Sunday in the Park With George

“The contrast between this Gilded Age show-palace and the Spartan, almost concert-style production onstage could not be more dramatic, but make no mistake about it: this Sunday In The Park With George is a jewel in its own right, radiant with talent, and shimmering with color and light.”
★★★★★
Michael Hillyer
New York Theatre Guide

“As far as human effects, you will be suitably swept away by Gyllenhaal’s passionately acted, exquisitely articulated George, the most psychologically cohesive and sympathetic rendition I’ve witnessed live.”
★★★★
David Cote
Time Out New York

“When the 19th-century French painter Georges Seurat, reincarnated in the solitary flesh by a laser-focused Jake Gyllenhaal, demands that you look at the world as he does, it’s impossible not to fall in love.”
Ben Brantley
New York Times

Where can I listen to the Sunday in the Park With George soundtrack?

Take a listen to the iconic Sondheim soundtrack here, led by Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford in the 2017 Broadway revival. Sunday in the Park With George features famous songs including ‘Finishing The Hat’ and ‘We Do Not Belong Together’. Why not listen to even more of Stephen Sondheim’s music with us?

Fun facts about Sunday in the Park with George

The production is directed by Sarna Lapine, niece of James Lapine who collaborated with Stephen Sondheim for the original production of Sunday in the Park With George.

Georges Seurat’s ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ was painted in 1884 and currently hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sunday in the Park with George won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1985. 

Sunday in the Park With George was last performed in the West End in 2006, starring Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell, with the pair winning best actor and best actress in a musical respectively at the 2007 Olivier Awards.

Where can I see it in London’s West End and how do I get there?

Sunday in the Park With George will play at the Savoy Theatre, located on the Strand (WC2R 0ET). The nearest train station is Charing Cross, a 5 minute walk from the theatre. Piccadilly line underground services are also available from Covent Garden.

When is Sunday in the Park With George in the West End?

Sunday in the Park With George is at the Savoy Theatre for a strictly limited engagement from 11th June to 5th September 2020.

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy