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All the Fun of the Fair, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

BOOGIE Nights creator Jon Conway has packed this West End musical with more David Essex classics than you can shake a stick at including A Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You a Star.

BOOGIE Nights creator Jon Conway has packed this West End musical with more David Essex classics than you can shake a stick at including A Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You a Star. But the show is more than a jukebox of hits.

Set at a fun fair in the 1970s, Essex plays the smooth owner Levi who recently lost his wife in a terrifying stunt, the Wall of Death.

Although Essex is the star, it is not a one man show and the story is centred around his son Jack, (Rob Compton), a likeable love rat, who is stringing girlfriend Mary (Susan Hallam-Wright) along while flirting with townie Alice (Tanya Robb).

But when Alice’s small time gangster father Harvey (David Burrows) and dim henchman Druid (Barry Bloxham) find out the two are in love, it stirs up a whole host of trouble for the fairground.

All the Fun of the Fair feels very different from other musicals. No character is perfect and none are evil, even nasty piece of work Druid reveals he has a soft spot for Alice.

Essex knows how to play the crowd while the rest of the cast put in some fantastic performances with outstanding vocals from Hallam-Wright and Tim Newman as simple Jonny.

And with flying motorbikes, dancing dodgems and a rollercoaster of tears and laughter, All the Fun of the Fair is not just for David Essex fans. Until Saturday, February 25.

Hannah Jennings Parry

 

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