Louise English stars as Gypsy Rosa in 'All The Fun Of The Fair The Musical' with David Essex as Levi Lee at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End.



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NIGHT FRIGHT — The Nightmare of Your Life

Starring Louise English as Miss Peterson/Jacqui Henderson

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

9-13 February 2010



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"Louise English absolutely steals the show." The British Theatre Guide

"Louise English demonstrates her immense talent and versatility. Her performance is carefully crafted and perfectly executed." The Public Reviews


NIGHTFRIGHT starring Louise English as Miss Peterson/Jacqui Henderson; Paul Opacic (Emmerdale and Bad Girls) as Frank Gilman; Helen George as Jenny Gilman; Ben Roberts (TV’s The Bill) as Mr Watson; and Henry Cormas as Mr Harvey, is an ingenious murder mystery.

Frank and Jenny Gilman think they have found their dream home, a converted chapel in a quiet country village. The dream soon turns into a nightmare, however, as they return a day earlier than expected from their honeymoon and are attacked by intruders who seem, for some reason, to be only interested in the contents of the deep freezer.

Why is the spade covered in blood? To who do the blood stained clothes in the chimney belong? And why are the locals lying to the Gilman's?

Frank and Jenny investigate and the true horror of their situation soon emerges in this taut and exciting, yet often blackly hilarious, horror thriller.

Night Fright — The Nightmare of Your Life was produced by Ian Dickens Productions with direction by Chris Moreno, set design by David North and Alan Miller Bunford and lighting by David North.

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Starring Louise English as Rosa and David Essex as Levi Lee

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road — London's West End

20th April through 4th September 2010



"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


"Irish Gypsy Rosa is played by the pick of the female singers, Louise English." The British Theatre Guide


"Gypsy fortune-teller Rosa [is played by] the strikingly attractive Louise English." The Daily Express




Louise starred as leading lady Rosa, a beautiful and mysterious Irish fortuneteller, in a highly acclaimed smash-hit return to the West End in All The Fun Of The Fair.


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 an original 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 fortuneteller, Rosa (played by Louise), warning him about what the future has in store?


Louise said 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. 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...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 was underscored by much-loved hits such as Winter’s Tale, You're In My Heart, Here We Are All Together, Gonna Make You A Star, Me and My Girl Nightclubbing, Silver Dream Machine, Rock On and many more.  


But, as David Essex explained, "It's more a play with music; it's not a jukebox show." For example, his early hit Rock On was introduced as he and Louise reminisced about the "old days". The sets were impressive as well, including cast-driven dodgem cars, carousel horses and motor bikes.


Joining Louise and David onstage were: Michael Pickering as Jack; Susan Hallam-Wright as Mary; Nicola Brazil as Alice; Christopher Timothy as Harvey; Cameron Jack as Druid; 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; and Danielle York as Maisy.

All The Fun Of The Fair was produced by Alan Darlow Productions, Jon Conway and Lee Dean, with a book by Jon Conway. The show was directed by David Gilmore with music and orchestrations by Ian Wherry; set and costume design by Ian Westbrook; lighting by Ben Cracknell; and sound and effects by Steve Jonas.


And now you can order this wonderful West End cast album CD featuring Louise's beautiful, touching, solo interpretation of A Winter's Tale and her duet with David Essex, You're In My Heart, along with all of the songs from this smash-hit musical by the West End cast.

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