It’s taken years and massive investment but London’s oldest music hall is fully restored – and ready to showcase its wares with a play about pulling the ultimate con.
Wiltons Music Hall is staging The Sting, David Rogers’ stage play based on the iconic 1973 caper film of the same name, in which two small-time con men, played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, set out to outwit a powerful mob leader.
John Chancer, Bob Cryer and Ross Forder will star as Lonnegan, Gondorff and Hooker in the first production presented in the newly repaired theatre this September.
Peter Joucla, who had a sell-out success at Wiltons with The Great Gatsby, returns to direct light-fingered play.
From the moment they enter the newly refurbished building, audiences will be transported back to 1930s Chicago.
The charismatic cast will lure you into this sleazy, sharp-suited underworld of con men, scams and twists, with surprises at every turn.
You won’t know who’s on the level and who’s on the take as you watch this ingenious and comic deceit played out.
Bob Cryer has previously appeared on stage in Party Lines – Five Short Political Plays (Ardent Theatre), The Tempest (Jericho House) and Into Thy Hands (Wilton’s Music Hall).
On TV Bob has also appeared in The Interceptor, Outnumbered, Eastenders and Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special.
Later this year he will appear in Legend, a film about the Kray Brothers, starring Tom Hardy.
John Chancer’s previous stage credits include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Edinburgh Festival & Vault Festival), The White House Murder Case (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Desire Under The Elms (Glasgow Citizens) and Driving Miss Daisy (Stratford Circus & National Tour).
TV credits include Episodes, Any Human Heart and Spooks and, on film, he has appeared in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Casino Royale.
Ross Forder has been working as a director and actor since 2005. His previous stage credits include The Bear (The London Theatre), Chelinot (The Union Theatre), The Bite-Size Breakfast Show (Edinburgh Fringe) and Recycled Dreams (National Tour).
The full cast includes Tom Berish,, Hannah Brackstone-Brown, Peter Case, John Chancer, Bob Cryer, Ross Forder, Kevin Golding, Ashley Henry, Kevin James, Nina Kristofferson, Kate Quinn, Amy Reitsma and Simeon John Wake.
It has taken three years and nearly £4m to restore the grand old building with shows and concerts carrying on amid construction work.
The Sting will open the season, running from September 9 to October 17.