Only way is Essex at Theatre Royal

The Dishwashers, starring David Essex
The Dishwashers, starring David Essex

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

Written by Morris Panych, the production, directed by Nikolai Foster, will visit the venue from March 31-April 5 as part 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 30 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 (which was seen at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, among others), 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. Rik’s most recent stage credits include Martin Sherman’s Passing By (Tristan Bates Theatre, London).

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.

Morris Panych’s plays have been produced across the UK, Canada and the United States and he is best known for the hugely successful West End production of Auntie and Me starring Alan Davies and Marcia Warren.

Call the box office for ticket details on 0115 989 5555.