Photo credit: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

‘Sunday in the Park With George’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal postponed indefinitely

The musical revival was originally scheduled for summer 2020 at the Savoy Theatre.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The highly-anticipated revival of Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford is now postponed indefinitely. Initially scheduled for summer 2020, the musical couldn't open at the Savoy Theatre due to the pandemic, but now there is no opening date for the musical.

Releasing a statement today, the company said: "Due to ongoing government restrictions around travel and the reopening of theatres at full capacity, the producers of Sunday in the Park with George have taken the difficult decision that it is not going to be possible for the show to take place in London in 2021. Everyone involved remains 100 per cent committed to making the show work when conditions and schedule align to make it possible.

Producers Jeanine Tesori, Riva Marker and Adam Speers said: "We're of course disappointed that Sunday in the Park with George couldn't happen last year as planned but remain committed to bring this beautiful show to the West End. We speak for the entire creative and production team when we say how much we wanted to bring Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's once-in-a-lifetime musical with Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford's remarkable performances to London and will let everyone know as soon as we are able to make it happen".

Sunday in the Park with George is inspired from Georges Seurat' pointillist work 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte'. The first act follows the aforementioned painter who finds himself engrossed in his work, with audiences meeting his great-grandson decades later in the second act. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, including "Finishing The Hat".

Jake Gyllenhaal was due to play Georges Seurat, returning to the West End for the first time in over 15 years since starring in This Is Our Youth in 2002. Annaleigh Ashford was due to make her West End debut as Dot.

The Savoy Theatre will reopen this summer though, as Pretty Woman: The Musical transfers to the Strand venue from 8 July, starring Danny Mac and Aimie Atkinson

Photo credit: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

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