Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be at Stratford East
Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T'be, music & lyrics by Lionel Bart, book by Frank Norman, adapted by Elliot Davis, at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, a 460-seat venue in east London, from 8 May to 8 Jun 2014, prior to going on a UK tour.
Directed by Terry Johnson, design and costume by William Dudley, choreography by Nathan M Wright. The musical is presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East, Elliot Davis, Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for The Booking Office, and Ros Povey Productions.
Cast includes Jessie Wallace (Lil), Gary Kemp (PC Collins), Sarah Middleton (Rosie), Ruth Alfie Adams (Brenda), Will Barton (Percy), Suzie Chard (Betty).
Jessie Wallace is best known for her role in Eastenders where she plays Kat Moon. Her London stage credits include Haunted at The Arts Theatre and Rent at the Duke Of York’s Theatre. Gary Kemp, who achieved fame as a member of the pop group Spandau Ballet, has previously appeared on stage in The Rubenstein Kiss at Hampstead Theatre, Pig Night at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Art at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T'be is set at the end of the 1950's within an East End underworld of gamblers, spivs, prostitutes and Teddy boys, telling the tale of Fred, a loveable rogue, who comes out of prison to find he is not quite the king of the manor he once was.