The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

30/10/19The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

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 info@chesterlittletheatre.co.uk

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is 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 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?
 
Characters:
 
Professor Marcus - has a lovely long scarf. Becomes, Mrs Wilberforce's lodger whilst he plots a robbery with his friends who all pose as musicians. 
Constable McDonald - a nice sized role, he comes in at the beginning of the show and at the end of the show. 
Mrs Louisa Wilberforce - A lovely little old lady.
Major Courtney - one of Marcus's friends with an army past, who gives the audience a suspicion when he dancers round with Mrs W's dress.
Harry Robinson - Has lots of pills to get him through the day, a friend of Marcus
One-Round - Ex boxer who's been hit in the head quite a few times - brilliant comedy part
Louis Harvey - Romanian. Likes knives. Another one of Marcus's friends
Mrs Tromleyton - Mrs W friend who brings the ladies around for tea.
 
In this production everybody dies at some point in Act 2, which is brilliant. The only characters who don't die are the ladies and the Constable. The production is a brilliant dark comedy I've been to see about 5 times by different companies. 

Laura Elizabeth