Following the acclaimed run at London’s Gielgud Theatre in the West End, the writer of Father Ted, Graham Linehan, brings the classic black comedy The Ladykillers gloriously to life on stage at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 12 – Sat 16 March.
The production was nominated for five awards in the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Sound Design and Best Actress in a Play for Marcia Warren. The play smashed all known box office records at the Gielgud Theatre, by taking just under £400,000 in a single week between Monday 26 December and Sunday 1 January 2012 and recouping its entire West End outlay in less than seven weeks.
The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrot 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.
Now embarking on an UK tour, this hilarious and thrilling adaptation of the classic 1955 Ealing comedy has an all star cast including Michele Dotrice, Clive Mantle and Cliff Parisi.
Starring as the sweet little old lady, Mrs Wilberforce, is stalwart of stage and screen, Michele Dotrice. Michele is perhaps best known for the role as Betty, the long-suffering wife of Frank Spencer, played by Michael Crawford, in the BBC’s highly successful series Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. Her other television credits include, A Month in the Country, The Winslow Boy, The Way We Live Now, Marple, A Thing Called Love and a guest appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show. She also appeared in many productions with her late husband, Edward Woodward including Male of the Species, Richard III, Private Lives, Dead Secret, The Assassin, The Beggar's Opera and The Cemetery Club.
Clive Mantle plays Major Courtney. His numerous television credits include Little John in Robin Of Sherwood and consultant Mike Barrett in Casualty and Holby City. More recently Clive appeared in Game Of Thrones. The Olivier nominated actor has also starred in various theatre productions on tour and in the West End including; The Price, A Streetcar Named Desire, Robin Hood, Educating Rita, The Play What I Wrote, Killing Castro and The Rocky Horror Show.
Louis is played by Cliff Parisi, best known for playing lovable rogue Minty in EastEnders. He currently stars as Fred in the acclaimed BBC drama Call the Midwife. Other recent TV credits include Midsomer Murders, Bramwell, Hustle, Kavanagh QC and Hollyoaks.
Completing the line up of misfits is Paul Bown as Professor Marcus, Chris McCalphy as One-Round and William Troughton as Harry.
This stage production has been adapted by Graham Linehan, best known for being the writer behind TV comedies Father Ted and The I.T. Crowd. Director Sean Foley is a multi award-winning stage director whose work in the West End includes The Play What I Wrote, Do You Come Here Often, Ducktastic, Pinter’s People and Joe Norton’s What The Butler Saw.
A hilarious script, brilliant cast and superb set, combine for a great night out at the theatre - but will you be forced to face the music?!