News Published 6 June 2011

New West End Production of The Ladykillers

Graham Linehan to adapt the iconic Ealing Comedy.

Natasha Tripney

A new stage version of Ealing Comedy The Ladykillers, adapted by Graham Linehan, the writer of Father Ted and The IT Crowd, will open at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End in December,  following a short run at Liverpool Playhouse in November. It opens in London on the 7th December with previews from the 26th November.

The production will be directed by Sean Foley and the cast will include Peter Capaldi, James Fleet, Marcia Warren, Ben Miller and Clive Rowe.  The iconic 1955 comedy, filmed at Ealing Studios and starring Alec Guinness, was re-made in 2004 (not particularly well many would argue) by the Coen Brothers; it has also been staged before, in 1999.  In this new production, the Olivier-winning Warren will play eccentric widow, Mrs Wilberforce, who gets the better of a group of bungling criminals.

Linehan’s previous television credits include Black Books, and collaborations with Chris Morris on Jam and Brass Eye. Sean Foley’s past credits include The Play What I Wrote and Ducktastic; his current production of the musical comedy, Lend Me a Tenor, opens next week, also at the Gielgud Theatre.

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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