Graham Linehan’s award-winning adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers returns to the West End this summer. The Ladykillers previews at the Vaudeville Theatre on 29 June and opens on 9 July.
Father Ted and The IT Crowd creator Linehan’s adaptation of The Ladykillers broke box office records when it debuted at the Gielgud Theatre in 2011. It was nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play.
A delicious black comedy, it tells the tale of a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, who’s pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who are plotting her unwitting involvement in a heist.
The police are stumped but Mrs Wilberforce turns out to be far less unwitting than the hapless band of hoods had reckoned for. With only her parrot General Gordon to help her, she sets about turning the tables on these five desperate men, who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Based on the award-winning 1955 movie of the same name starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers, The Ladykillers is directed by Sean Foley, with set and costume design by Michael Taylor. Casting has yet to be announced.