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

The Dishwashers by Morris Panych, stars David Essex as Dressler alongside Rik Makarem and Andrew Jarvis.  The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, will visit the Theatre Royal Nottingham from 31 March – 5 April 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, 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 EarthRik’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.

Nikolai Foster has recently directed acclaimed productions of Brecht’s The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Colchester Mercury); Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret (West Yorkshire Playhouse) andJonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (20th Anniversary production, Arts Theatre, London). Joining Nikolai on the creative team is designer Matthew Wright, lighting designer David Plater, composer Grant Olding and sound designer Dan Hoole.



Listings Information


Theatre Royal Nottingham

Monday 31 March – Saturday 5 April

Box Office 0115 989 5555


Ticket Prices: £31 – £14 plus concessions

Performance Times: Evenings 7.30pm, Weds matinee 2pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm

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