Louise English stars as Gypsy Rosa in the All The Fun Of The Fair The Musical 2012 UK tour with David Essex as Levi Lee.



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Starring Louise English as Rosa and David Essex as Levi

UK Tour

17th January — 14th April 2012



"Louise English is superb as the Irish gipsy Rosa and she has a wonderful singing voice." Sussex Express

"Louise English has a mesmerising voice." What's On Northeast

"Louise English steals the limelight with her captivating rendition of A Winter's Tale." Concrete

"Louise English is marvellous." Daily Echo


"Louise English excels as the fortune teller." Edinburgh Guide


"Louise 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 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 reprised her highly acclaimed role as leading lady Rosa, a beautiful and mysterious Irish fortuneteller, in the 2012 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 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. 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 is 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 explains, "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 says, including, "three number ones and a couple of number twos."


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; 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 2012 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 the newly released 2012 Tour Performance DVD as well as both the original UK tour CD and the West End Cast CD.




All The Fun Of The Fair 2012 UK Tour Schedule: (The Week Of: Venue)


2012 Tour Dates

  • 17 January: New Victoria Theatre, Woking

  • 24 January: Opera House, Manchester

  • 31 January: Theatre Royal, Nottingham

  • 7 February: Milton Keynes Theatre

  • 14 February: Civic Theatre, Darlington

  • 20 February: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

  • 28 February: King's Theatre, Glasgow

  • 5 March: Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

  • 13 March: Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon

  • 20 March: Hull New Theatre

  • 26 March: Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

  • 3 April: Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

  • 10 April: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

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