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Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Sound No. 2


Sound Designer: Gareth Owen

Sound No. 1: Kyle Macpherson

Director: Terry Johnson

Musical Director: Elliot Davis

Set and costume Designer: William Dudley

Lighting Designer: Ben Ormerod

Choreographer: Nathan M Wright.

Associate Director: Adam Lenson

Assistant Musical Director: Joe Louis Robinson



Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be is a musical comedy about Cockneylow-life characters in the 1950s, including spivs, prostitutes, teddy-boys and corrupt policemen. The work is more of a play with music than a conventional musical. The original play, by Frank Norman, who though born in Bristol lived his adult life in London, was intended to be a straight theatrical piece, but was supplemented with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, who also grew up in London's East End.

It concerns a gangster, Fred Cochran, who has been down on his luck and is trying to make a comeback. Meanwhile, his loyal girlfriend, Lil, longs for the day they can get married and give up crime. After a horrible fight occurs in Fred's gambling den, Lil and Fred finally decide the time is right to marry and live a straight life.






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