Louise English stars as Mrs Darling and Mia the Mermaid in the Peter Pan pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre Arena.












With Louise English as Mrs Darling and Mia the Mermaid

Marlowe Theatre 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 theatre-going experience.


Peter Pan 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

Starring Louise English as Rosa and David Essex as Levi Lee

UK National Tour

January — May 2009



"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 Rosa." The Northern Echo


"Louise English's sultry singing voice excels in ‘A Winter’s Tale’." 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 motor bikes.

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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