All the Fun of the Fair starring David Essex

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Previewed 20 April 2010, Opened 28 April 2010, Closed 5 September 2010 (no performances from 25 June to 6 July 2010) at the Garrick Theatre in London

The David Essex musical All The Fun Of The Fair in London following a major eight month UK tour.

Inspired by David Essex's debut album 'All The Fun Of The Fair', this stage musical features David Essex as the fun fair owner Levi Lee who has been recently widowed and is the father of a rebellious teenage son. Danger and mysticism lurk in the future, as predicted by the gypsy fortune teller who is in love with Levi. This moving and contemporary story with a heartbreaking twist, reaches out to every parent and anyone who has ever been torn in love.

Roll on up, see the main attraction, get your money ready, let's take a ride... Dodgems and motorbikes, crafty cons and candy floss, fairground horses and fights, along with romance and rock and roll bring out the carnival atmosphere, but beware... all is not always fun at the fair! David Essex and Boogie Nights creator Jon Conway invite you to a roller coaster ride of a musical, underscored by a helter-skelter of David Essex hits and album favourites including A Winter's Tale; Hold Me Close; Gona Make You A Star; Me and My Girl (Night Clubbing); Silver Dream Machine; and Rock On.

The cast for All the Fun of the Fair in London stars David Essex as 'Levi Lee' (David Essex will not perform 25 to 27 June 2010) along with Christopher Timothy, Louise English, Michael Pickering and Nicola Brazil. The production features the songs of David Essex along with book by Jon Conway. It is directed in London by David Gilmore with designs by Colin Richmond, lighting by Guy Hoare, musical supervision and orchestrations by Ian Wherry, musical direction by Olly Ashmoore and choreography by Sophie Lawrence. Original production directed by Nikolai Foster. David Gilmore's credits include Daisy Pulls it Off. Please Note: All the Fun of the Fair is recommended for ages 12 and above.

"Roll up! Roll up, all fans of David Essex! He may be a bit grizzly and grey but he's certainly managed to make that look cool...Okay it's corny, the lines between the songs are buttock-clenchingly predictable but this really is a fun funfair. And DavidEssex proves that once a star, always a star." The News of the World

"While it's supposed to be set in contemporary Britain, David Gilmore's production has little sense of time or place... The songs are too truncated, the characters are cardboard and the dialogue is wooden. But it's amazing how David Essex's lyrics stick in the mind. I hadn't heard some of these tracks for 30 years but I'm still word-perfect. As for the man himself, silver he may be, but his charm is solid gold and he still rocks. But for this show, only oldsters need roll up." The Mail on Sunday

"Dumber than the Dodgems, queasier than candyfloss, this musical takes a desultory shuffle through David Essex's back catalogue. Essex plays Levi, patriarch of an ailing fun fair, reduced to shabby prizes and limited thrills since his wife died riding the wall of, um, death... Essex's songs may rouse the faithful, but they're not theatrically dynamic. The singer works his silver-fox twinkle and pork-pie hat, keeping his tone dry as the story piles on schmaltz and melodrama." The Sunday Times

All the Fun of the Fair in London at the Garrick Theatre previewed from 20 April 2010, opened on 28 April 2010 and closed on 5 September 2010 - there were no performances during a 'cast holiday' from 25 June to 6 July 2010.