Monday, 26 January 2009


Helena Blackman stars in Stephen Sondheim’s “credit crunch” musical SATURDAY NIGHT

Jermyn Street Theatre, London
10 February – 14 March 2009

Helena Blackman, runner-up of ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?’, stars in a timely
new production of Stephen Sondheim’s first Broadway musical SATURDAY NIGHT at the
Jermyn Street Theatre, set in the days before the 1929 Wall Street Crash.

SATURDAY NIGHT is a fascinating depiction of life in the roaring twenties – when the stock
market rose five-fold in as many years, and ordinary Americans gambled on apparently
endless credit. It tells the story of Gene Gorman (David Ricardo-Pearce), a young Wall
Street clerk who dreams of leaving his ordinary life in Brooklyn, and risks everything to
gamble on the spiralling stock market – including his fiancée Helen (Helena Blackman). This
is the first time Stephen Sondheim’s newly revised version of SATURDAY NIGHT has been
seen in the UK, including the UK premiere of two new songs.

Directed by Tom Littler (Sir Peter Hall’s regular Associate Director, director of JINGO: A
FARCE OF WAR and The Scotsman Critics’ Choice production of Sondheim’s PASSION at the
2006 Edinburgh Fringe). The Musical Director is Tom Attwood (recently MD on THE HISTORY
BOYS at the National Theatre and in the West End).

Helena Blackman rose to fame when millions voted for her in the final of the BBC’s “How Do
You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”, and was recently nominated for a TMA Award as Nellie
Forbush in the national tour of SOUTH PACIFIC. Casting will also include David Ricardo-
Pearce (Anthony in the West End production of Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD) and Joanna
Hickman (Beth in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG and Johanna in SWEENEY TODD for John Doyle / Watermill Theatre)


Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein, based on their play “Front Porch in Flatbush”


10th February – 14th March 2009
Tues – Sat @ 7.30pm
Sat & Sun @ 3pm

Box Office: 020 7287 2875 /

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)


Described by The Scotsman as ‘A hugely talented company’, Primavera is led by Artistic
Director Tom Littler and Producer Chantelle Staynings, who was recently awarded the Stage
One New Producer’s Bursary for productions including Nicholas De Jongh’s PLAGUE OVER
ENGLAND. Primavera’s four Honorary Patrons are playwright and director Peter Gill; the
actors Penelope Keith, Felicity Kendal and Diana Quick; and the playwright Peter Nichols.

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