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Sam, the Highest Jumper of Them All

Sam, the Highest Jumper of Them All (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01795240374. Details of all Sam, the Highest Jumper of Them All archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S383800845

Archive Listings

8 Sep 08
22 Sep 08
Inner London, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive


Sam, the Highest Jumper of Them All archiveWhen bank clerk Sam Hark-Harkalark is falsely accused of stealing half a million pounds in banknotes signed 'Good God', he loses his job. Unbowed, he determines to jump higher than anyone else ever has. The only thing is, so far he hasn't jumped at all.... This is the play’s first revival since its first performance by Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1960, and the only piece Saroyan ever wrote to be premiered in Britain. After seeing Joan Littlewood’s production of Brendan Behan’s The Hostage, Saroyan wrote asking if the theatre wanted a new play from him. They responded enthusiastically, and the result was Sam, the Highest Jumper of Them All, a typically whimsical Saroyan play, as free-form and beguiling as a John Coltrane solo. Among the many characters surrounding Sam are a rock ‘n’ roll singer, a Russian policeman who periodically stands on his head, and the Ambassador from the Audience to the Play. This production will incorporate some sections banned by the Lord Chamberlain, and never seen on stage before. Performance length approx. 2 hours


Martin Bishop, Richard Crawley, Richard Cunningham, Antony Jardine, Anil Kumar, Gordon Ridout, Martin Ritchie, Julia Sandiford, Jessica Sandry, Jennifer Thorne, Matt Tully, Sam Webster, Tom Yeates


Author: William Saroyan
Producer: Instant Classics (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre)
Director: David Cottis
Design: Fiona Parker


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