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David Essex stars in The Dishwashers

Malvern Editorial 7th Mar, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

SINGER and actor David Essex will be the star guest in Malvern later this month when he performs one of the main parts in a new stage comedy.

Essex, famed for his 1970s hit ‘Hold Me Close’, returns to the stage in ‘The Dishwashers’ following his hugely successful portrayal of Eddie Moon in BBC soap EastEnders.

The comedy is being performed at Malvern Theatres between Monday, March 17 and Saturday, March 22 with shows starting at 7.30pm. Afternoon performances will take place on Wednesday (March 19) and Saturday (March 22).

Throughout his life, Essex has enjoyed a remarkable career which has combined theatre, films, television and music. His stage work includes Peter Hall’s production of She Stoops to Conquer in the West End and numerous musicals such as Evita, Godspell, All The Fun Of The Fair, Mutiny and Aspects Of Love.

The Dishwashers, written by Morris Panych, tells the story of a man called Emmett, who when young was a high flyer in the city and was a regular customer in an upmarket restaurant. Nut now, thanks to a recent reversal in his fortunes, he’s starting a new career there – as a dishwasher!

His new colleagues are Dressler who’s happily been scraping and scrubbing for over 30 years and is a bit of a philosopher, and Moss who’s sadly well past his sell by date and heading for the dustbin. Together they attack the endless supply of crockery that descends from above.

Emmerdale actor Rik Makerem also stars in the show alongside fellow actor Andrew Jarvis.

Tickets for the show cost between £15 and £31 and are available by visiting or calling the Box Office on 01684 892277.

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