The production was set to begin previews at the Savoy Theatre on the 11th June.
It has been announced today that the West End run of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical Sunday in the Park with George has been postponed until further notice, following the temporary closure of the West End.
Set to be presented by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Riva Marker and Jeanine Tesori in association with New York City Center, the production will rebook its performances at the Savoy Theatre for next year with specific dates and details to be confirmed soon.
Directed by Sarna Lapine, the musical was set to star Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford.
Talking about the news Jake Gyllenhaal said: “We are, of course, disappointed to postpone our upcoming season, but know that safety is a top priority and science must lead the way. London’s West End is incredibly special to me, and it will be an absolute honour to return to the stage so we can eventually share Sunday In The Park With George with audiences in 2021.”
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim continued: “We are happy that despite having to postpone the imminent production of Sunday In The Park With George, London audiences will eventually get to see Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford reprising their wonderful performances alongside a terrific British company.”
Sunday in the Park with George 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 revival of the musical began at New York City Center, before then transferring for a sold-out limited season at Hudson Theater on Broadway where it was met with universal critical and public acclaim.
Current ticket holders for the postponed 2020 engagement of Sunday In The Park With George will be contacted shortly by their ticket provider with regard to priority access to the future engagement.