Producers have announced that the eagerly anticipated production will not have its West End run as planned this year.

(c) Matthew Murphy

In a statement shared through social media, the company behind the production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical confirmed that due to the ongoing pandemic, the musical will not be opening as planned this year.

The production, which was set to star  Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford was originally set to play at the Savoy Theatre last Summer – but had to be put on hold once theatres closed.

The full statement released reads: “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. Existing ticket holders will be contacted via email within seven days to discuss their options.”

Jeanine Tesori, Riva Marker and Adam Speers say: “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.”

Directed by Sarna Lapine, the musical follows Georges Seurat as he tries to complete his famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. This production originally premiered at the New York City Center, before transferring for a sold-out limited season at Hudson Theater on Broadway.