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ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR INFORMATION:
ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR
Louise English as Rosa and
2011—3rd December 2011
RAVES FOR LOUISE AS ROSA
"Louise English steals the limelight with her captivating
rendition of A Winter's Tale."
"Louise English is marvellous."
— Daily Echo
excels as the fortune teller."
— Edinburgh Guide
English is the best singer in the cast."
— Theatre Guide London
"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
"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
reprised her highly acclaimed role as leading lady Rosa, a beautiful and mysterious Irish fortuneteller, in
the 2011 UK national tour of the smash-hit West End musical All The Fun Of The Fair,
where the lovely lady starred alongside pop legend David Essex as Levi.
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.
As 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
But, as David Essex explained, "It's really a play
that could stand on its own, with a plot and strong characters. It isn't a
jukebox musical of my songs. This show is a fusion of the West End and the
previous touring version. It has aspects of both."
"But there are plenty of my songs
in it," he said, including, "three number ones and a couple of number twos."
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
Joining Louise and David onstage
were: David Burrows as Harvey; Rob Compton as Jack; Tim Newman as Jonny; Susan Hallam-Wright as Mary; Tanya Robb as Alice; Barry Bloxham as Druid; Susan Hall as Sally; James Hill as Spiv; Gareth Leighton as Chris; Louise Lenihan as
Rita; Luke Baker as Lewis; and Edie Campbell as Laura.
All The Fun Of The
Fair 2011 was produced by Alan Darlow with a book by Jon Conway. Nikolai
Foster directed, with set and costume design by Ian Westbrook; lighting by Ben Cracknell; sound by
Sebastian Frost; musical staging by Drew McOnie; musical supervision by Olly
Ashmore; and magical creative consulting by The Twins.
And now you can order both the original
UK tour CD and the West End Cast CD.
All The Fun Of The Fair
2011 UK Tour
Schedule: (The Week Of: Venue)
2011 Tour Dates
16 September: New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
20 September: Cliffs Pavilion,
27 September: Richmond Theatre Royal
4 October: Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
11 October: Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
18 October: Norwich Theatre Royal
25 October: Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
1 November: Regent Theatre, Stoke
8 November: Orchard Theatre, Dartford
15 November: New Wimbledon Theatre
21 November: Bath Theatre Royal
28 November: New Theatre, Cardiff
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