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Previewed 13 May 2006, Opened 23 May 2006, Closed 2 September 2006 at the Wyndham's Theatre in London
A major revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday in the Park with George in London - a West End transfer from the Menier Chocolate Factory.
The Georges Seurat painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, is the inspiration for this compelling musical fantasy which celebrates the art of creation and the creation of art. The first half of Sunday in the Park with George, set in 1884, sees the painting and its rich comic tapestry come to life in a world where, for artist Georges, art comes before love, before everything. In the second half, set in 1980s New York, we see the great grandson of Georges and his search for inspiration amongst the unforgiving world of contemporary art.
The cast Sunday in the Park with George in London is lead by Olivier award winner Daniel Evans who will reprise his title role in this transfer. He is joined by 2006 Olivier award-nominee Jenna Russell as 'Dot'. The cast also includes Simon Green, Alasdair Harvey, Mark McKerracher, Liza Sadovy and Gay Soper along with Christopher Colley, Sarah French Ellis, Kaisa Hammarlund, Steven Kynman, Anna Lowe, Ian McLarnon and Joanne Redman. It is directed by Sam Buntrock with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, designs by David Farley, projections by Timothy Bird, lighting by Natasha Chivers and Mike Robertson and sound by Sebastian Frost. This production was originally staged at the Menier Chocolate Factory in South London for an extended sell-out season from November 2005 to March 2006. Stephen Sondheim's West End credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Saturday Night, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Pacific Overtures and the compilation musical Side by Side by Sondheim.
"The Park is in Paris, and George is the French Impressionist painter Georges Seurat, and Sunday In The Park With George is quite simply one of the greatest Broadway musicals ever written. As that description might lead you to expect, the music and lyrics here are by Stephen Sondheim, but what is even more dazzling is a technique of animation whereby projections bring to life the painting at the heart of this extraordinary show... Since this brilliant production by Sam Buntrock first opened last November at the tiny Menier in Southwark, both it and Daniel Evans's performance as George have grown to take over a larger stage... The original Menier supporting cast is virtually still intact... The result is as dazzling to listen to as it is to look at, and you could even find a kind of autobiography in its reflections on the nature and trials of the artist in a society which judges art by profit." The Daily Express
"Now Sam Buntrock's exquisite production transfers triumphantly to the West End. The most obvious adjustment is spatial. In the move from the diminutive Menier to the Wyndham's, the production has, inevitably, become less intimate, and in the process lost some of its almost overwhelming intensity. On the other hand, David Farley's elegant white set and Timothy Bird's staggeringly inventive projected animation, which uses colour and light to create famous works of art on Farley's blank canvas, look more stunning than ever. Nor do the performances disappoint... The production is close to perfection - an experience of aching loveliness." The Times
"Sam Buntrock's ravishing, inspired production of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George has come to Wyndhams from the Menier Chocolate Factory and, fittingly for a musical about the Pointillist painter Georges Seurat, it is spot-on. It works as a witty, moving, magical essay on the agonies and ecstasies of being an artist... This is a magnificent evening; a masterful musical of ideas... Not to be missed." The Mail on Sunday
"The Menier Chocolate Factory confirms its reputation with this absolutely ravishing rediscovery of a Stephen Sondheim musical, inspired by the pointillist painter George Seurat. Sam Buntrock's ingenious production of Sunday in the Park with George exploits computer graphics to such ravishing effect that the musical's weaknesses, a plot in two undramatic, thinly related halves and one-dimensional characters, do not irritate... A seriously beautiful musical." The London Evening Standard
"This is generally thought of as one of Stephen Sondheim's less audience-friendly musicals. It revolves around a painting by Frenchman Georges Seurat and it really springs to life under the ace direction of Sam Buntrock. He has trimmed it down, introduced some computer wizardry and coaxed a truly memorable performance from Daniel Evans as Georges and, in the second half, his great-grandson. A resounding triumph for this fine little theatre." The Sun
Sunday in the Park with George in London at the Wyndham's Theatre previewed from 13 May 2006, opened on 23 May 2006 and closed on 2 September 2006.