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Theater

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge taking Sea Wall/A Life to Broadway this summer

Joan Marcus

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge are headed to Broadway.

Producers announced on Thursday that the duo will take the critically-acclaimed production of Sea Wall/A Life, which played to sold-out audiences at The Public Theater earlier this year, to Broadway this summer. Performances will begin at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on July 26, with opening night set for Thursday, August 8. The limited engagement will run through Sunday, Sept. 29.

Sea Wall/A Life is billed as “a heart-filled exploration of the beauty of life and meaning of love” with a script from Simon Stephens and Nick Payne. Sturridge performs Sea Wall, a monologue by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time) about love and the need to know the unknowable. This marks Sturridge’s third collaboration with Stephens.

Joan Marcus

Gyllenhaal tackles the other half of the play, A Life, written by Nick Payne, who also penned Gyllenhaal’s Broadway debut Constellations. A Life examines the relationship between fathers and sons, and the transformative power of love. Carrie Cracknell directs.

“The longstanding artistic relationships we share and beautiful material from Nick and Simon make this production an especially meaningful collaborative journey,” said Gyllenhaal in a statement. “Carrie Cracknell has crafted a true theatrical event from two distinct monologues, which, together, shine a light on the universal experience and heart-filled exploration of the beauty of life and meaning of love. Tom and I are incredibly proud to bring this story to Broadway, and to be returning to the beautiful and historic Hudson Theatre.”

Sea Wall/A Life will be produced by Nine Stories, Ambassador Theatre Group, Seaview Productions, Benjamin Lowy Productions, and The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham).

“This gorgeous, soul-stirring evening of theater deserves to be seen by as many people as possible,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in a statement. “I’m so proud that Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal’s brilliant performances will live on at the Hudson!”

Both Gyllenhaal and Sturridge have garnered awards love for their performances in the production at the Public. Gyllenhaal received a Drama League Award nomination, while Sturridge was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award.

EW called the production at the Public: “an evening that will emotionally wreck you, convince you of Sturridge’s acting prowess, and further consider that Gyllenhaal is one of the finest actors of his generation.”

Sea Wall/A Life opens on Broadway August 8.

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