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Roll Up, Roll Up for David Essex in All The Fun Of The Fair at the New Theatre, Cardiff     

Roll Up, Roll Up for David Essex in All The Fun Of The Fair at the New Theatre, Cardiff Pop legend David Essex returns to the New Theatre in the new rock and roll musical All The Fun Of The Fair from Monday 1 – Saturday 6 December. Featuring his greatest hits and album classics, All the Fun of the Fair is based on the debut album of the same name. A contemporary love story, the show is a merry-go-round of emotions, secrets, love and loss set against the backdrop of a travelling funfair.

David Essex plays Levi Lee, a newly widower who is coming to terms with the loss of his wife whilst dealing with his wayward teenage son and the advances of attractive divorcee Rosa. Danger lurks in the future, as predicted by a gypsy fortune teller, if Levi changes his path.

The moving story with a heartbreaking twist contains hilarious moments, crafty cons and action packed sequences. In short the thrills and horrors traditionally associated with a good funfair ride! This rollercoaster show is packed with David Essex hits including Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Rock On and Me and My Girl Nightclubbing..

The cast features up and coming star Paul Ryan Carberry as Jack, Levi’s troubled teenager. David was looking for an edgy, outstanding young talent to play this role and after three weeks of extensive auditions chose Paul. Joining Paul is Louise English as Rosa, Levi’s love interest. Many may remember Louise from her Benny Hill days where she was a sexy teenage starlet. Since then she has remained in the West End playing parts in classics such as Me and My Girl and Annie.

All The Fun Of The Fair was created by David Essex and Boogie Nights creator Jon Conway. Jon listened to over 80 of David’s songs to develop the story through this process realised so many of his songs have a storyline and theatricality in their arrangement.

The pair had previously worked together on Boogie Nights – This time it’s the 80’s where David expressed his desire to present a theatre show based around his music. Together with director Nikolai Foster they devised a story with interesting characters that fitted with his music.

The set is as authentic as possible with real 1970 converted dodgems, galloper horses and fun fair equipment. The cast enjoy real candyfloss, toffee apples and hot dogs…although after six months of touring they may come to feel differently! Adding to the authenticity All The Fun of The Fair features Soundscape – a new concept which will add to the atmosphere by providing the distinctive sounds of the funfair from behind the audience as well as from the stage itself.

All The Fun Of The Fair is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Monday 1 – Saturday 6 December. Tickets range from £7.50 - £30 and can booked via the Box Office on 029 2087 8889 or online* at

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