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All the Fun of the Fair - full casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CHRISTOPHER Timothy (as Harvey), Louise English (Rosa) and Michael Pickering (Jack) will join David Essex in the cast of the musical drama All the Fun of the Fair, which opens at the Garrick Theatre on April 28, 2010 (previews from April 20).

In All the Fun of the Fair, Essex plays Levi Lee, recently widowed and father of rebellious teenage son Jack. Moreover, danger and mysticism lurk in a future predicted by the gypsy fortune teller who is in love with Levi.

Evoking the carnival atmosphere of fairground life are dodgems and motorbikes, crafty cons and candy floss, fairground horses and fights, along with unrequited love, romance and rock and roll.

All the Fun of the Fair features a soundtrack of Essex’ best-known songs which he re-wrote and arranged specifically for the production. They include Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Me And My Girl (Nightclubbing), Silver Dream Machine, Gonna Make You A Star, Rock On and the title track.

Christopher Timothy‘s extensive theatre credits include Pa Joad in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath, Sprule in Alan Ayckbourn’s Tons of Money, Henry Windscape in Simon Gray’s Quartermaine’s Terms, David Bliss in Sir Peter Hall’s production of Noel Coward’s Hayfever and guest appearances in The Play What I Wrote.

His other West End credits include Underneath the Arches, Journey’s End, The Actor’s Nightmare, See How They Run and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

On television, he is best known for playing James Herriot in the long running series All Creatures Great And Small and, more recently, as Mac McGuire in the BBC drama series Doctors. However, he has also appeared on screen in Casualty, Holby City and The Bill (TV); Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Othello, Eskimo Nell, Alfred the Great and The Virgin Soldiers (film).

Louise English has apeared on stage in the musicals Hello Dolly!, Annie, Oliver! and Me and My Girl (Adelphi Theatre). Her other theatre credits include Absent Friends, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Fur Coat and No Knickers, Private Lives, An Ideal Husband, Gas Light and Tom Foolery.

Her screen credits include Fresh Fields, Chance in a Million, Brush Strokes and The Benny Hill Show (TV); The Wicked Lady and Bugsy Malone (film).

Michael Pickering made his West End debut in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre) before playing the leading role of Ryan Evans in High School Musical (Apollo Hammersmith). Since then, he has performed in New Zealand, South East Asia and Europe in the world tour of Mamma Mia!

They will be joined in the cast of All the Fun of the Fair by Nicola Brazil (as Alice), Cameron Jack (Druid), Susan Hallam-Wright (Mary), Chris Holland (Kipper), Kieran Jae (Scotty), Tom Kanavan (Spiv), Tim Newman (Slow Jonny), Robert Rees (Chris), Emily Tierney (Sally), Tricia Adele Turner (Laura), Shona White (Rita) and Danielle York (Maisy).

Directed by David Gilmore, All the Fun of the Fair has a book by Jon Conway (Boogie Nights), new set and costume designs by Ian Westbrook, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound by Steve Jonas. It is produced in the West End by Alan Darlow, Jon Conway and Lee Dean, following a hugely successful nationwide tour.

All the Fun of the Fair is booking until September 5, 2010.
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NB: The sound track of All the Fun of the Fair will be re-released by Universal in April to coincide with the opening of the show.

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