David Essex Returns with THE DISHWASHERS at Birmingham Rep Tonight

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David Essex Returns with THE DISHWASHERS at Birmingham Rep Tonight

David Essex will be rolling up his sleeves when he returns to the stage next 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. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, opens at The REP from tonight, 31 January - 15 February ahead of a tour and West End run.

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! 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.

In this world of dirty dishes, soapsuds and despair, playwright Morris Panych brings wit and humour to their quest for existential meaning.
David Essex says of the role:

"I am delighted to be creating the part of Dressler in the premiere of the remarkable new play The Dishwashers. Birmingham Repertory Theatre has a wonderful reputation and I am looking forward to being part of the new season at the recently re-opened theatre".

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 Conquerin the West End. David has also starred in numerous musicals including Evita, Godspell, All The Fun of The Fair, Mutiny and Aspects of Love.

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.

The Dishwashers opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre 31 January - 15 February.

Tickets go on sale for members only on Tuesday 22 October and to the general public at 10am on Friday 25 October.

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