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Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be - full casting

Casting update

FULL casting has been announced for Elliot Davis’ new version of Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, which runs at the Theatre Royal Stratford East from May 8 to June 8, 2014.

Joining the previously announced Jessie Wallace, Gary Kemp, Sarah Middleton, Ruth Alfie Adams, Will Barton and Suzie Chard are Mark Arden (as Fred), Ryan Molloy (Horace), Stefan Booth (Tosher), Christopher Ryan (Red Hot), Vivian Carter (Myrtle), Stevie Hutchinson (Ted/PC 2), John Olohan (Paddy), Gary Watson (Norman/PC 1) and Joanna Woodward (Margaret).

Set at the end of the 1950s, preceding the birth of rock and roll and the Beatles, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’be is a witty and warm-hearted musical set within an East End underworld of gamblers, spivs, prostitutes and Teddy boys.

Written by ex-con Frank Norman, the show tells 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.

Mark Arden’s stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (British Shakespeare Company), An Inspector Calls (Garrick Theatre), The Long, The Short And The Tall (Albery Theatre), Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (Piccadilly Theatre) and We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre). His screen work includes Teenage Kicks, New Tricks, EastEnders, Saxondale, Ultimate Force and Heartbeat.

Ryan Molloy is renowned for his stage role as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, a role he reprised in 2008 at the Prince Edward Theatre. His other stage credits include Godspell (UK Tour), On The Town (English National Opera), Tonight’s The Night (UK Tour) and Jerry Springer The Opera (Cambridge Theatre). On screen, he has appeared in The Filleting Machine, £24 To Tulse Hill and Gravity Smells Funny.

Stefan Booth is best known for TV roles including Greg in EastEnders, Jamie Nash in Hollyoaks and Sergeant Marc Rollins in The Bill. He also took part in ITV1’s Dancing On Ice, making it through to the final and coming second overall. His stage work includes Chicago (UK and European Tour), Raindogs (Trafalgar Studios), Betwixt (Ambassadors Theatre) and Summer Holiday (UK Tour).

Christopher Ryan’s stage credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), His Girl Friday, La Grande Magia and On The Ledge (National Theatre), Waiting For Godot (Queens Theatre), Valued Friends (Hampstead Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Savoy Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). On screen, he has appeared in The Young Ones, Only Fools And Horses, Woody, It’s Kevin, Absolutely Fabulous, Dr Who and My Family.

Vivian Carter’s stage work includes The Light Princess (National Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Evita (Alelphi Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre), The Tailor Made Man (Arts Theatre) and Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre).

Stevie Hutchinson’s stage credits include Ghost the Musical (UK Tour), Oliver! (UK Tour), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), High School Musical (Hammersmith Apollo) and Good Thing Going (Cadogan Hall).

John Olohan’s stage credits include Dancing at Lughnasa (Abbey Theatre/Gaiety Theatre/National Theatre), The Playboy of the Western World, The House and Drama at Inish (Abbey Theatre) and Sharon’s Grave (Gate Theatre). His screen credits include Glenroe, Fair City, Making The Cut, Showbands II, Trouble In Paradise, Ballykissangel, The Ambassador, Amongst Women, Father Ted, The Tudors, Sweeney Todd and Bobbie’s Girl.

Gary Watson’s stage credits include A Chorus Line (London Palladium), Finding Neverland (Curve, Leicester), Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre/RSC), Mamma Mia! (International Tour), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre), Cats (UK Tour), Evita (Adelphi Theatre) and Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria Theatre). His screen work includes Cinderella for Walt Disney Productions, directed by Kenneth Branagh, Tubby and Enid, Olympic Torch Concert, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Royal Variety Performance and Greasemania.

Joanna Woodward’s stage credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter Theatre), Lost Boy (Finborough Theatre/Charing Cross Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Kilworth House Theatre) and Medea and The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts (Scoop Ampitheatre).

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