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
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
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