Musical success is the only way for Essex

David Essex who is performing at the Alhambra
David Essex who is performing at the Alhambra
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FORMER chart topper and Blackpool favourite David Essex returns to Manchester later this month in his successful musical All The Fun of The Fair

Following its hit West End season at the Garrick Theatre where it was nominated for Best New West End Musical of 2010, All The Fun of the Fair, starring David Essex, returns to the Manchester Opera House from January 24 to 28.

The singer, actor, composer and lyricist (left) leads the cast of a musical packed with his greatest hits and set in the world of an authentic East End funfair.

It’s a rollercoaster ride of a musical underscored with hits like Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You a Star, Me and My Girl – Nightclubbing, Silver Dream Machine and Rock On.

Inspired by David’s album All the Fun of the Fair, David plays fun fair owner Levi Lee, recently widowed and father of a rebellious teenage son, Jack. Like father like son, they’ll take you for a ride. Danger and mysticism lurk in the future, as predicted by the gypsy fortune teller, Rosa, who is in love with Levi.

Dodgems and motorbikes, crafty cons and candy floss, fairground horses and fights, along with romance and rock and roll means audience members are in for a rollercoaster of a ride, but beware – it’s not always fun at the fair.

Performances are 7.30pm with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Box office: 0844 871 3018 (subject to booking fee) or www.atgtickets/manchester. Tickets £17.50 to £33.50.