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Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be - full casting announced

Hannah-Jane Fox

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JOINING the previously announced Hannah-Jane Fox in the cast of Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be will be Ruth Alfie Adams, Patsy Blower, Ellie Rose Boswell, Suzie Chard, Hadrian Delacey, Robert Donald, Alison Dormer, Richard Foster-King…

…Natalie Harman, James Horne, Philip Marriott, Neil McCaul, Anna McNicholas, Keiley Hall, Jo Parsons, Ian Rixon, Philip Scutt, Amelia Whitwood, AJ Brinkman and Barney Ashworth.

Previously Posted: Phil Willmott will direct a major new revival of Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, which runs at the Union Theatre from Tuesday, May 10 to Saturday, June 4, 2011.

An East End play with music, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be is about Fred, a loveable rogue, who comes out of prison to find he’s not quite the king of the manor he once was. The tale’s low-life characters include gamblers, spivs, prostitutes, Teddy boys and girls and some not-too-honest police.

Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be has music and lyrics by Oliver! composer Lionel Bart, who grew up in London’s East End, and a script by Frank Norman, who is himself a cockney.

Playing Lil will be Hannah-Jane Fox, who created the role of Scaramouche in the original cast of We Will Rock You, a role she played for four years at the Dominion Theatre. She also appeared in the Boy George musical Taboo at The Venue.

Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be launched the career of Barbara Windsor in 1960, when it was produced by Joan Littlewood at her famous Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. It subsequently transferred to the West End’s Garrick Theatre, where it ran for 886 performances.

The new production will be produced by Elliot Davis and Ellie Collyer Bristow, with choreography by Nick Winston, musical supervision and new arrangements by Elliot Davis, set and costume design by Oliver Francis Townsend and lighting by Jason Meininger. Further casting will be announced shortly.

Tickets: £15 (no concessions) – available from the box office on 020 7261 9876 or at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm (no matinee on Saturday, May 14).

Godspell runs at the Union Theatre from April 13 to May 7, 2011.