70s and 80s pop supremo returns to the West End with new show
He may be best known as a recording artist who sold millions of albums, but David Essex is also a theatre pro. He first came to prominence in musical theatre, starring as Jesus in the original West End production of Godspell in 1972 and Che in Evita in 1978. He also appeared in Sir Peter Hall’s She Stoops To Conquer at the Queen’s Theatre, Footloose The Musical at the Novello Theatre and most recently a national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love. He has also written musicals – having co-wrote and starred in the original musical Mutiny! which played at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1985.
And now David returns to the London stage in All The Fun Of The Fair, a show he has co-written with Boogie Nights creator Jon Conway and that features a range of David Essex hits and album favourites.
The show is inspired by David’s debut album ‘All The Fun Of The Fair’, which he has re-writen and arranged especifically for this show, with songs including Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Me And My Girl (Nightclubbing), Silver Dream Machine, Gonna Make You A Star, Rock On and the title track, All the Fun of the Fair.
The cast of the show also includes Christopher Timothy and Louise English, with the leading role of David’s son Jack played by Michael Pickering.