The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan30/10/19
PLEASE NOTE: A CHANGE OF PROGRAMME
We apologise but the production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui has not been possible.
Our play for March 2020 will now be The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan
Director: Laura Elizabeth
Using the original Ealing comedy film as a starting point, this stage version of The Ladykillersis far more than a re-hash for the theatre. Graham Linehan has taken and developed the story of dear, elderly Mrs Wilberforce, living alone with her parrot, General Gordon, in a house by King’s Cross Station (the location is important) to new heights of comedy.
She is approached by a Professor Marcus who enquires about renting a room in which his amateur musician friends can practise. When the musicians arrive, however, it’s fairly obvious to all except innocent Mrs Wilberforce that this is no Mozart String Quartet but a bunch of crooks. Their aim is not to improve their fingering on the strings, but their fingering of loot to be lifted from the Station!
One of the best-loved British pictures of all time is transformed from a dark comedy into madcap mayhem by the co-writer of Father Ted, Black Booksand – on television recently – Motherland.
A great hit with audiences when it opened in Liverpool Playhouse in 2011, it went on to enjoy a successful run in the West End.
Performance dates: Saturday 7, Monday 9 to Saturday 14 March at 7.30 pm
The Reading and the Auditions are open to non-members and members alike. For more information, please email email@example.com
Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict 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 Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?