Thought it was a very good show. All of the songs fitted the plot well, and the cast all performed admirably.My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the show as did the rest of the audience. - Bryan Hodgson
16 Oct 11
Southend; 20.9.11. A few weeks ago I posted areview which suggested that touring shows sometimes feature casts that are the equal of the West End version. Then along comes All the Fun of the Fair to completely undermine that theory. The two juvenile leads (if they are still called that) were completely out of their depth with very poor singing voices and most of the rest of the cast were barely adequate. My wife observed that they were probably chosen so as not to show up david Essex who didn't become a teen idol because he was a great singer. The story plods along at a turgid pace (Essex speaks v e r y slowly) featuring choreography that would make Stephenm Mears and others weep with frustration and one actor despertaely impersonating Gene Hunt. Towards the end the show suddenly comes over all dark, switching from Dreamboats and Petticoats to Blood Brothers with very little warning. That suggests that with some decent creative control and much tauter direction All the Fun of the Fair could be a reasonably decent show. as it is now large parts of the audience at the Cliffs Pavilion only came to life when they saw glimpses of the David Essex Show they had probably hoped to see. - David Baxter
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