The Only Way Is... theatre! Ferne McCann cast in Gatsby show

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The Only Way Is... theatre! Ferne McCann cast in Gatsby show

Ferne McCann has been cast in new musical Gatsby.

The 25-year-old reality television star will play Myrtle Wilson in the new take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. Ferne will have something of a vital role as her character Myrtle is a singer in the speakeasy jazz venue in which the show, from Linnie Reedman and Joe Evans, is set.

The news of her casting is likely to come as a surprise to many of Ferne's fans, who would have been unaware of the former TOWIE star's vocal talents.

However, Ferne told the Daily Mail newspaper's Baz Bamigboye that she has always been a fan of busting out a tune.

"I sing all day long - and drive my mum and friends mad!" she said. "If I see a karaoke, then I’m straight up there."

In fact, Ferne was always a fan of theatre during her time at school. She even auditioned for stage schools but was rejected, choosing to go travelling instead before she landed her career-making role in reality series The Only Way Is Essex.

Myrtle has a pivotal role in the tale of The Great Gatsby, as she has a romantic dalliance with Daisy Buchanan's husband Tom. In the 2013 movie adaptation of the novel, the role of Myrtle was played by Isla Fisher.

Ferne is more than a little excited about the show, which will run at the Union Theatre in Southwark, London, from 6 April (16), but she is also suffering from a little stage fright.

"I’m still nervous now I’ve got the part!" Ferne laughed, but added that her motto in life is to "Feel the fear and do it anyway."

To prepare for the show's debut, Ferne is practising any time she can. This includes when she is driving a bus, as part of Stagecoach's new scheme to attract more female drivers.

"I haven’t stopped singing on the bus. Poor (bus driving instructor) Yvonne!" she added. "Adele, Frankie Valli, Rod Stewart, Billy Ocean. I can sing anything. And Yvonne has heard them all."

Ferne found fame on TOWIE before she headed to the Australian jungle for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last November (15). Following her success on the show, in which she came in third place, Ferne landed a stint as the showbiz reported on television show This Morning.

For more information on Stagecoach's new scheme aimed at female drivers, visit https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/careers

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