Jake Gyllenhaal to star in Sunday in the Park with George at the Savoy Theatre
The actor starred in Sarna Lapine’s production at the Hudson Theatre in 2017 alongside Annaleigh Ashford, who is also set to reprise her role in the musical’s West End run.
With a book by James Lapine, the musical is inspired by the French painter George Seurat’s work A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The plot follows a character called George – a fictional version of the painter – who immerses himself in the painting.
Gyllenhaal first appeared in the West End when he starred in Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre in 2002. He has since made many appearances on stage in New York, making his Broadway debut in 2014 in Nick Payne’s Constellations.
On screen, he is known for his work in films such as Brokeback Mountain, The Day After Tomorrow, and Donnie Darko.
Annaleigh Ashford is known predominantly for her work on Broadway, starring as Glinda in Wicked, Margot in Legally Blonde, and winning a Tony Award for her performance in You Can’t Take It With You. She was also nominated for a Tony for originating the role of Lauren in Kinky Boots.
The production, which began as a number of concert performances before transferring to Broadway, is directed by book writer Lapine’s niece Sarna Lapine.
Sunday in the Park with George was last seen in the West End in 2006 when the Menier Chocolate Factory production starring Daniel Evans transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre. The production then transferred to Broadway starring Evans alongside Jenna Russell.
Sunday in the Park with George tickets are available now.
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