David Essex rolls up his sleeves at Birmingham Rep

Birmingham return for singer/actor.

David Essex will be rolling up his sleeves when he returns to the stage this year to play the lead role in a new play, The Dishwashers at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The Dishwashers by Morris Panych, stars David Essex as Dressler alongside Rik Makarem and Andrew Jarvis. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, opens at The REP from 31st January–15th February ahead of a major UK tour.

When young Emmett was a high flyer in the City he was a customer in an upmarket restaurant but now, thanks to a recent reversal in his fortunes, he’s starting a new career there – as a dishwasher. Alongside his new colleagues, dominant self-appointed leader, Dressler, who’s been happily scraping and scrubbing for over thirty years, and the decrepit Moss who’s about ready for retirement, Emmett attacks the endless supply of crockery that descends from about. In this world of soapsuds and despair, playwright Morris Panych brings wit and humour to their quest for existential meaning.

David Essex enjoys a remarkable career that has combined theatre, films, television and music. David returns to the stage in The Dishwashers following his hugely successful portrayal of Eddie Moon in BBC TV’s EastEnders.

He has recently completed two films; Traveller – the story of a boy and his search for his identity in the gypsy community and Meet The Guvnors  – a film about gangland wars between two generations. He has starred on stage in Peter Hall’s production of She Stoops to Conquer in the West End.  David has also starred in numerous musicals including Evita, Godspell, All The Fun of The Fair, Mutiny! and Aspects of Love.

Playing the part of young high flyer Emmett is Rik Makarem, best known for his character Nikhil Sharma in Emmerdale and Dr Rupesh Patanjali in Torchwood: Children of Earth.  Andrew Jarvis plays the part of Moss. Andrew’s recent theatre credits include Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible), The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Woman in Black (West End) and many seasons at the RSC.

Tickets: £12.50 – £35 with concessions available
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