Saturday Night

After sell-out houses and strong reviews, this production of Stephen Sondheim’s rarely performed debut musical transferred to the Arts Theatre in the West End. It starred Helena Blackman as Helen.

★★★★★ CRITICS’ CHOICE, ‘SHOW OF THE WEEK’ “Exuberant … Tom Littler’s production runs like an all-singing, all-dancing train.”
Tamara Gausi, Time Out

“The prevailing mood, excellently caught in Tom Littler’s production for Primavera, is one of sunny neighbourhood solidarity. David Ricardo-Pearce endows Gene with a raffish charm, and Helena Blackman is likable as his loyal fiancee … Charlie Cameron invests a speakeasy girl with a stunning cloche-hatted vivacity.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

★★★★ “No Sondheim fan or musical theatre addict should miss the opportunity to experience this rare staging of Saturday Night, brimming with atmosphere and life”
Musical Criticism

“A gem of a show … in the intimate theatrical world created for the piece by director Tom Littler the gem glistens and gleams with delight … polished and energetic performances by every member of the highly talented ensemble”
Broadway World

★★★★ “Musical director Tom Attwood and director Tom Littler have made the most of the space with their actor musician ensemble, and the producers are very lucky to have such an array of talent in their company. The late twenties atmosphere is built up perfectly.”
WhatsOnStage

“This production in the compact Jermyn Street Theatre is highly atmospheric … what makes the show so all-embracing, however, is the fact that all the songs are played, as well as sung, by the cast members … if it did transfer to a more prestigious venue, there are several cast members already in place who should be held onto at all costs.”
MusicOMH

“Primavera’s excellent production of Saturday Night is an entertaining gem of a show. Helena Blackman and David Ricardo-Pearce grab your attention from the start and never let go, pulling at your heart strings all the way, whilst the rest of the cast effortlessly charm with humour. All this and wonderful music! Intimate Sondheim as it should be done – catch it whilst you can”
MusicalTalk

★★★★ “Amongst the strong cast, particular accolades must go to David Ricardo-Pearce as Gene … Helena Blackman is also strong as the lady who wins Gene’s heart, putting expression into every note she sings, whilst the assistant choreographer, Charlie Cameron, delivers some delightful performances in several small roles.”
MusicOMH

★★★★ “David Ricardo-Pearce is perfect … Joanna Hickman is self-assured as Celeste and Lee Drage is a particularly outstanding actor … Helena Blackman, runner-up of the BBC’s Maria programme and star of this show.. shows a poise and sophistication … It’s ample demonstration that there is, after all, life after reality casting TV shows for the contestants.”
Musical Criticism

“A supremely confident staging by director Tom Littler … an enjoyable and touching piece of music-theatre. Young and fresh it may be, but it beats most of today’s blockbuster shows right off the stage and into the pit.”
Classical Source

“This is a musical theatre production that captivates its audience from the first unexpected onstage crash of a drum to the final harmonious note of the finale with energy, wit, charm, great songs and great performances. In the words of Mr. Sondheim, “What more do (you) need”?”
Broadway World

Cast

David Ricardo-Pearce, Helena Blackman, Joanna Hickman, Nick Trumble, David Osmond, Charlie Cameron, Lee Drage, Joanna Hollister, David Botham, Harry Waller, Lloyd Gorman, Kevin Millington

Creative Team

Musical Director – Tom Attwood
Choreographer – Tim Jackson
Set and Lighting Designer – Will Reynolds
Sound Designer – Gary Trow
Costume Designer – Victoria Johnstone