Why are there no Sundays in the park with George?

It was announced yesterday that Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford will reprise their roles in the Broadway transfer of Stephen Sondheim‘s musical Sunday In The Park With George, which comes to London’s West End in June 2020 at the Savoy Theatre.

Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece 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.

Previews for Sunday In The Park With George start on 11 June 2020 and the show, like most West End productions, will play Monday-Saturday evenings with Wednesday and Saturday matinees.

A few West End shows have performances on Sundays, although only a very limited number, which you could argue is a good or bad thing. On the good side, people may be more inclined to go to the theatre at the weekend, rather than during the week. But that would then mean that the performers and everybody working on the show, may be denied time with their families that perhaps can only be had at the weekends.

It did however surprise me to see that Sunday In The Park With George aren’t capitalising on the name of the show by having performances on Sunday’s. It would be fun to spend a Sunday, in the park with George – wouldn’t it?


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