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Spend Sunday in the Park with George

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DANIEL Evans (pictured) is to star in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's 1984 musical, Sunday in the Park with George when it opens at London's Menier Chocolate Factory on November 17, 2005. The limited season will run until February 18, 2006.

Sunday in the Park with George begins in 19th-century France, with the impoverished painter George Seurat struggling with both his work and personal life. Feeling neglected, his pregnant girlfriend leaves him.

The action then shifts to present-day America where George's great-grandson is facing similar problems.

This is not the first time Sunday in the Park with George has been seen. Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters starred in the Broadway production; while the National Theatre's 1990 production (it's London premiere) saw Maria Friedman and Philip Quast in key roles - for Quast, a role that won him an Olivier for Best Actor in a Musical.

Apart from occasionally singing Sondheim in concert - most recently at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium - this will only be the second time Evans has appeared in a Sondheim musical - the first was Merrily We Roll Along. His other musical stage credits though, include the title role in the NT's production of Candide and, earlier this year, the Donmar's Grand Hotel.

While numerous non-musical stage credits include The Tempest (opposite Derek Jacobi), Other People, Where Do We Live, Peter Pan, The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline and Measure for Measure.

Evans TV and screen appearances are equally numerous and include Daniel Deronda, Tomorrow La Scala, Love in a Cold Climate, Great Expectations and The Barber of Siberia. He is currently filming Elizabeth the Virgin with Anne-Marie Duff.


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