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.