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All The Fun of the Fair Starring David Essex

Closed October 22, 2011

Essex still has that great, gravelly voice and plays the old-time boss with smooth style.

Paul Callan, Daily Express

Why See All The Fun of the Fair Starring David Essex?

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Seventies heartthrob, David Essex, stars in his own Jukebox musical which features many of the singer's greatest hits, such as A Winter's Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You A Star, and Silver Dream Machine. Based on a Romeo and Juliet scenario, the story was written by Boogie Nights creator, Jon Conway with Dave Gilmore taking on the directing responsibilities.

What is All The Fun of the Fair about?

Set in a 1970's travelling fair with dodgem cars, waltzers, a rifle range and candy floss booths, all which have seen better days. Essex plays Levi Lee, the recently widowed proprietor who is struggling to keep his fair afloat, as his star attraction, The Wall of Death, has been closed down. His problems are exacerbated when his troubled son, Jack, falls for the daughter of Harvey (Christopher Timothy), a local unscrupulous businessman, who isn't too happy that his little girl is courting "a pikey".

Love too begins to blossom between Levi and Rosa, the fortune teller, who foresees a storm approaching. Right she is too, as Harvey despatches a mob of his crone thugs intent on destroying the fair and driving Levi and his ragged bunch from the town. Levi has no choice but to stand up and fight for what is his, or lose everything. Will it prove that every cloud has a silver lining?

Did you know?

David Essex is no stranger to musical theatre, having previously taken lead roles in the original productions of Godspell and Evita.

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Opening night: 18 October 2011


All The Fun of the Fair is suitable for all audiences.

Cast and Creative


David Essex as Levi Lee
Louise English as Rosa
Christopher Timothy as Harvey
Nicola Brazil as Alice
Michael Pickering as Jack
Susan Hallam-Wright as Mary
Chris Holland as Kipper
Kieran Jae as Scotty
Tom Kanavan as Spiv
Tim Newman as Slow Jonny
Robert Rees as Chris
Emily Tierney as Sally
Tricia Adele Turner as Laura
Shona White as Rita
Danielle York as Maisy


Directed by David Gilmore
Book by John Conway
Music and orchestrations by Ian Wherry
Designs by Colin Richmond
Sound by Steve Jonas

What you thought

11 reviews, average rating: (3.8 Stars)

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Jacqueline Warden: “Enjoyment Enoyment Enjoyment!!”

My Husband & I went to the Garrick on the Bank Holiday Saturday. It was... more

Hazel Stevens: “Brilliant, A Show You Must See!”

A superb musical celebrating David Essex's amazing musical talents and... more

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