With Louise English as Mrs Darling and Mia the Mermaid
Arena — Kingsmead Coach Park
5 December 2009
to 17 January 2010
"Surprise hit is West End singer and former Hill's Angel Louise English." — This is Kent
The Marlowe Theatre's spectacular
production of Peter Pan featured Louise as the lovely Mrs Darling,
the dazzling Mia the Mermaid and the hilarious Big Chief Squatting Cow.
Joining Louise on
stage was comedy legend Ade Edmondson (The Young Ones, Bottom and Hell’s
Kitchen) as Mr Darling and Captain Hook in his first-ever pantomime.
His crew of jolly shipmates included local funnyman Dave Lee as Tinkerbelly
(yes…Tinkerbelly!); Steven Butler as Peter Pan; Gemma Sutton as Wendy; Loveday Chamberlain as
Tiger Lilly; and comedy actor Ben Roddy as Smee.
Peter Pan had everything you've come to love about
Marlowe Theatre pantomimes — dazzling sets and
costumes, fabulous musical numbers, family comedy, plenty of audience
participation and, of course, the world famous ghost-gag bench!
With a fully heated, state-of-the-art theatre tent, offering comfortable seating and
excellent facilities, the Marlowe Theatre Arena, located in the centre of
Canterbury at Kingsmead Coach Park, provided a superb
was produced by Evolution
Pantomimes with writing and direction by Paul Hendy, musical direction by Chris
Wong and choreography by Abbie Jouxson-Mair.
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All The Fun Of The Fair information:
All The Fun Of The Fair
Starring Louise English as Rosa and David Essex as
UK National Tour
January — May 2009
RAVES FOR LOUISE
"Miss English is a rare
commodity and, in every way, she is the archetypal, consummate leading lady."
— The Public Reviews
"Louise English delivers the performance of a
lifetime; phenomenal isn’t adequate enough a word to describe it." — UK Theatre Network
"Louise English is the excellent narrator as fortunetelling
— The Northern Echo
"Louise English's sultry singing voice excels in ‘A Winter’s
— Sale and Altrincham Messenger
"The velvet tones of West End star Louise English
open the production."
— The Weston Mercury
Set against the backdrop of a travelling
funfair and packed with dazzling stunt sequences, hilarious crafty cons and
plenty of rock ‘n’ roll, All The Fun Of The Fair is a brand new
action-packed musical from legendary singer and songwriter
David Essex and the
creator of Boogie Nights, Jon Conway.
Widower and funfair owner Levi Lee (David Essex) is struggling to fend off the
unwelcome attentions of an alluring and attractive divorcee whilst trying to
keep up with the ins and outs of his son’s tangled love life and lofty
ambitions. And what is he to make of the dangerous predictions of the fair’s
mysterious gypsy fortune teller, Rosa (played by Louise), warning him about what
the future has in store?
Louise says of her role, "I'm very excited about it. It's a
musical play that's been written by Jon Conway and it's got David Essex's music
in it. I've got the lovely chance to sing that beautiful song,
A Winter's Tale, which was one of
his big hits."
"I play a gypsy called Rosa, who's desperately in love with Levi Lee (David Essex),
and who has a daughter (Emma Thornett). She's a tough woman, she knows what she
wants and she doesn't get messed around by people and she's nobody's fool. It's
a fabulous role — completely different from Irene Molloy, who's very soft and
feminine. This woman is sexy, she's voluptuous and she knows what she wants and
goes and gets it. And I get to sing with David Essex which is one of my dreams,
so I'm over the moon!" [Louise's quotes are from her interview with Steve Burbridge.
Click here for the complete interview.]
Inspired by David’s debut album, this
roller-coaster ride is underscored by a helter-skelter of hits such as
Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You A Star, Me and
My Girl Nightclubbing, Silver Dream Machine and Rock On.
But, as David Essex explains, "It's more
a play with music; it's not a jukebox show." For example, his early hit Rock
On is introduced as he and Louise reminisce about the "old days". The sets
are impressive as well, including cast-driven dodgem cars, carousel horses and
Joining Louise and David onstage
were David Burrows as Harvey; Paul-Ryan Carberry as Jack; Stefan Butler
as Slow Jonny; Tanya Robb as Alice; Emma Thornett as Mary; Barry Bloxham as
Druid; Chris Crosby as Scott; Sue Hallam Wright
as Sally; Phil Lawton as Bruno; Nicola Bryan as Rita; Carl Patrick as Terry the
Twister; Lara Denning as Abigail; Michel Antares as
Billy; and Uwe Antares as Kit.
All The Fun Of The
Fair was co-produced by Alan Darlow Productions and the Churchill Theatre,
Bromley. The show is directed by Nikolai Foster with music and orchestrations by
Ian Wherry; set and costume design by Colin Richmond; musical staging by Sophie Lawrence
and Sarah St George; and sound and effects by Steve Jonas.
All The Fun Of The Fair 2009 National Tour
Schedule: (The Week Of: Venue)
- 26 January: Theatre Royal, Nottingham
- 2 February: New Theatre, Wimbledon
- 9 February: Milton Keynes Theatre
- 16 February: Theatre Royal Plymouth
- 23 February: Theatre Royal Norwich
- 2 March: Grand Opera House, Belfast
- 9 March: Birmingham Hippodrome
- 17 March: New Theatre, Hull
- 23 March: Empire Theatre, Sunderland
- 30 March: Off
- 6 April: Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
- 13 April: Empire Theatre, Liverpool
- 20 April: Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
- 27 April: Grand Theatre, Swansea
- 4 May: Derngate Theatre, Northampton
- 11 May: Venue Cymru, Llandudno
- 18 May: Off
- 25 May: Bristol Hippodrome
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