The Ladykillers at the Vaudeville Theatre

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Classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers returns to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre following a sell-out UK tour.

This hilarious adaptation of classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers is back in the West End starring Ralf Little, Simon Day and Con O’Neill.

Written by Graham Linehan (Father TedThe I.T. CrowdBlack Books) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote), The Ladykillers was a box-office smash when it ran at the Gielgud Theatre during its debut season, enjoying five Olivier Award nominations including Best New Play, Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Actress in a Play and Best Sound Design.

An all-star cast includes Ralf Little (The Royale Family), Simon Day (The Fast Show), Angela Thorne (To The Manor Born), John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl), Con O’Neill (Blood Brothers) and Chris McCalphy (The Madness of George III).

The Ladykillers tells the classic black comedy tale of a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing….

Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet and eccentric Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her unwittingly in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

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Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre

The Ladykillers


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Booking to 25 January 2014

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Age Restrictions: Recommended for 10+ years




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Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 68, 7A, 91, 139, 176
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Classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers gets West End adaptation
A major new adaptation of classic Ealing Comedy The Ladykillers is to come to the West End this winter starring Peter Capaldi, James Fleet and Ben Miller. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="The Ladykillers comes to the Gielgud Theatre this November"][/caption] Award-winning TV writer Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd) has penned the adaptation, which will be his first West End comedy. The play will be directed by Sean Foley (Play What I Wrote, Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress) and designed by Michael Taylor. Produced by the Liverpool Playhouse, the show will run at the Gielgud Theatre from 26 November 2011. An all star cast will include Peter Capaldi, James Fleet, Ben Miller, Clive Rowe, Stephen Wight and Marcia Warren as Mrs Wilberforce. The story tells of an eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrots in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion. Peter Capaldi who is best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the television series The Thick Of It. James Fleet has played numerous TV, film and stage roles including Tom in Four Weddings And A Funeral and Hugo Horton in The Vicar of Dibley. Ben Miller is one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller. Clive Rowe's credits include Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, and Feste in Twelfth Night at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park. Stephen Wight won the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer in the Evening Standard Awards for his performances in Don Juan In Soho at the Donmar Warehouse. Marcia Warren has won two Olivier Awards for roles in Stepping Out and Humble Boy and is best known for playing Vera in TV sitcom No Place Like Home. The 1955 Ealing comedy featured actors including Alec Guinness, Peter Sellars, Frankie Howerd and Katie Johnson and won two BAFTA awards and was nominated for an Oscar. LINKS Book tickets to The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre in London  
New stage version of The Ladykillers announced today
Iconic 1955 Ealing Comedy is adapted for the stage Father Ted and IT Crowd writer Graham Linehan writes his first West End comedy Directed by Sean Foley, with design by Michael Taylor All star cast to include: Peter Capaldi, James Fleet, Ben Miller, Clive Rowe, Stephen Wight and Marcia Warren as Mrs Wilberforce The 1955 classic Ealing comedy is this autumn brought back to life on the stage in a production that will play at the Liverpool Playhouse from November 3rd – 19th, prior to opening at the Gielgud Theatre on November 26th with a press night on December 7th. The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrots in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion. This stage production of The Ladykillers has been adapted by Graham Linehan who is best known for his work on the TV comedy series Father Ted and The IT Crowd. In partnership with Arthur Mathews, Linehan has also written for Harry Enfield, Smith and Jones, Alexei Sayle, The Fast Show and Steve Coogan. Linehan’s solo writing credits include work with Chris Morris on Brass Eye, Blue Jam and Jam and co-writing the first series of Black Books with Dylan Moran. Director Sean Foley is a multi award winning stage director whose work in the West End includes Do You Come Here Often, Play What I Wrote, Ducktastic, Pinter’s People and Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress. Foley has also adapted and will direct The Painkiller which will star Kenneth Brannagh and Rob Brydon at the Lyric Belfast later this year. The cast for The Ladykillers includes the BAFTA winning Peter Capaldi who is best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the television series The Thick Of It. He has appeared in over forty television series and films including most recently the ITV series The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. Playing the role of Major Courtney will be James Fleet who is most famous for his role as Tom in Four Weddings And A Funeral and Hugo Horton in The Vicar of Dibley. He has also appeared in numerous stage productions including most recently Richard Bean’s The Heretic at the Royal Court. The part of Louis will be played by Ben Miller, who is best known as one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller, which has had more than ten television series since they formed in the late 1990s. Miller has also appeared in a variety of other TV series and films including Primeval (ITV), and The Parole Officer (with Steve Coogan) and Johnny English (with Rowan Atkinson). Clive Rowe will play One Round. A hugely accomplished stage actor Rowe is also well known for his role as Duke in the BBC Children’s drama The Story of Tracy Beaker. His stage roles include Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, and Feste in Twelfth Night at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park. Clive has also become renowned for his pantomime dames as part of Hackney Empire’s celebrated Christmas pantos. The part of Harry will be played by Stephen Wight. Stephen won the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer in the Evening Standard Awards for his performances in Don Juan In Soho at the Donmar Warehouse, he also appeared in Dealer’s Choice both at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End and made his National Theatre debut in 2004 in Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads. Finally the role of Mrs Wilberforce will be played by Marcia Warren who has won two Olivier Awards for roles in Stepping Out and Humble Boy. She has multiple stage and screen credits including most recently the TV drama Hattie. Press night will be held on December 7th at 7pm Release issued by: The Corner Shop PR LINKS Book tickets to The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre in London  

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