Review: David Essex, Nottingham Playhouse
With a career lasting fifty years, taking in musical theatre, pantomime, film, situation comedy, soap, and of course teen heartthrob pop star, you would imagine that David Essex has an anecdote or two up his sleeve. It turns out that he has, as this appearance was to promote his autobiography, Over The Moon.
For a freezing cold Monday night, Essex managed to fill the Nottingham Playhouse. From the looks of it, the vast majority of the audience were possibly the same women who used to scream at him when he was at the height of his pop superstardom.
Of course there were a few extra grey hairs, and the odd laughter line, and David has aged a bit too. Casually sauntering onto the stage smartly dressed in jacket and jeans, he proved himself to be quite the raconteur. The stage was set out chat show style, two chairs and a small table for glasses of water.
David ingratiated himself by recounting visits to Nottingham in the past, both as a singer and as an actor portraying Lord Byron at Newstead Abbey. He even recalled with a twinkle in his eye the myth about women outnumbering men, which was actually true tonight.
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Starting with his school days, working as a repertory actor, early footballing ambition, and the discovery of music, we were taken on an entertaining journey through his life and career. There was even a lament for the ease in which a wannabe singer can take the easy route via television talent shows.
Essex turned up on time, after already having done a stint in Waterstones that same afternoon. He answered audience questions, gave up his interval to sign autographs and signed more after the show. Take note Bieber, this is the behaviour of a proper star.