Although The Ladykillers may be about criminals exploiting a sweet, tea-loving, old lady so they can rob a bank, it is generally named as one of the nation’s favourite comedy films. Now Graham Linehan’s adaption of The Ladykillers returns to London at the Vaudeville Theatre this summer following its record breaking debut West End season at the Gielgud Theatre in 2011/2012 and subsequent UK tour.  

Written by Graham Linehan, best known for Black Books, Father Ted and The I.T. Crowd, and directed by Sean Foley, known for The Play What I Wrote, The Ladykillers recently received the Best New Comedy Award 2013 by WhatsOnStage.com and was nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards in 2012 including Best Actress in a Play, Best Direction, Best New Play, Best Set Design, and Best Sound Design.
 
The Ladykillers tells the classic black comedy tale of a sweet octogenarian lady, Mrs Wilberforce, living in a lopsided house in King’s Cross, London, who needs a lodger. Her prayers are answered when the charming Professor Marcus turns up – previously played by Peter Capaldi, known for the best swearing ever on television in the form of The Thick of It’s character Malcom Tucker. 
 
It’s made even better when his friends arrive to rehearse for their amateur string quintet. Of course, they are not what they seem and Marcus and his gang of criminals plot to involve her unwittingly in their brilliantly conceived bank heist. Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. Armed with only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone in her rickety house with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?
 
Graham Linehan sticks to the outline of the William Rose screenplay but adds a madcap, Marx brothers quality. The professional mastermind, Professor Marcus, is palpably unhinged, while his gang now comprises of a closet transvestite, a young druggie, a Romanian cutthroat and a brain-numbered ex-boxer.
 
The original 1955 film was made by Ealing Studios, the oldest continuously working studio facility for film production in the world. The Ladykillers was written by William Rose, who claimed to have dreamt the entire film, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay for The Ladykillers. 
 
The film was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and stars Alec Guiness, best known for portraying Ben-Kenobi in Star Wars and Fagin in Oliver Twist, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner and Katie Johnson. 
 
The Ladykillers was the last of the great quintessentially British comedies that Ealing Studios was renowned for, following classics such as Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Lavender Hill Mob. The Ladykillers has been ranked 5th in the Guardian’s 2010 list of top 25 greatest comedy films of all time.
 
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The Venue

The Ladykillers

United Kingdom

Booking Dates

First Performance

Thursday 1st January 1970

Last Performance

Thursday 1st January 1970