About The Show
The Menier Chocolate Factory is delighted to be producing the first new production of Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece since the National Theatre 1990 production. The production will star Daniel Evans (Oliver award for Charlie Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse 2001 and who will guest star in the Christmas Special of Doctor Who) and Anna Jane Casey (Velma in Chicago, Anita in West Side Story both in the West End). The show will be directed by Sam Buntrock, whose credits include the award-winning London revival of Assassins.
Inspired by Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece A Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte, Sondheim and Lapine’s musical celebrates the art of creation and the creation of art. In the first half, set in 1884, the people – and the animals – in the painting come to life in a world where, for artist Georges, art comes before love, before everything. In the second half, set a century later, Seurat’s great-grandson is searching for inspiration amidst the unforgiving world of contemporary art in New York.