Essex, still as charming as ever

David EssexRegent Theatre, Ipswich, May 26. HE might be a bit greyer and he might be over 60 but David Essex remains as charming as ever. From the moment he walked on stage, the cockney crooner - dressed in his trademark waistcoat - delighted the crowd.

David Essex

Regent Theatre, Ipswich, May 26.

HE might be a bit greyer and he might be over 60 but David Essex remains as charming as ever.

From the moment he walked on stage, the cockney crooner - dressed in his trademark waistcoat - delighted the crowd.


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This was a show for the ladies who have loved and followed Essex throughout his lengthy career.

With a bit of banter and a twinkle in his eye he performed a wide selection of classics including Me And My Girl, Lamplight, Rock On, If I could, Imperial Wizard and Winter's Tale.

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As well as serving up a selection of numbers from his latest album Happy Ever After, the singer performed numbers from his latest musical theatre offering All The Fun of The Fair.

His laid back style, understated moves and easy listening pop repertoire were backed by a four piece band and some great lighting effects.

On stage he is both theatrical and dramatic, his long experience shining through.

Able to crank it up and slow it down at a moment's notice, David Essex is in total control on stage and professional to his fingertips.

Now with nothing to prove - he's among old friends and his fans - still can't get enough.

And last night David Essex was in fine voice and though the audience wasn't massive by Regent standards what they lacked in number they made up for with genuine and touching appreciation.

JAMES MARSTON

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