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The Ladykillers - 2011 - West End

The celebrated Ealing comedy– THE LADYKILLERS comes to life on stage this Autumn in a hilarious and thrilling new adaption by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote).

Featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest stage and screen comedy actors including BAFTA winner Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) as Professor Marcus along with James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Ben Miller (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Stephen Wight (Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer) and Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe with Marcia Warren as the sweetly innocent Mrs Wilberforce.

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 W. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?


Gielgud Theatre

(London, )
(Piccadilly Circus) Shaftesbury Avenue


by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2019
Brand new production images and footage is released today of Sean Foley's hotly anticipated stage adaptation of the classic Ealing Studios comedy The Man in the White Suit. The production recently embarked on a three week engagement at Theatre Royal Bath before its world premiere at the Wyndham's Theatre, London, with performances from 27th September 2019 until 11th January 2020 and opening night on 8th October 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
David Mitchell is to make his West End debut next year in Ben Elton's stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom, Upstart Crow. This all-new comedy - written especially for the stage - will see Mitchell once more don the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare. Tickets go on sale at 12noon TODAY from
by TV News Desk - Sep 24, 2019
Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that eight-time Golden Globe winner and fifteen-time nominee, Tom Hanks, will be honored with the coveted Cecil B. deMille Award at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The highly-acclaimed star of such legendary films as “Big,” “Forrest Gump,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Cast Away,” and the upcoming release of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” will accept the honor at Hollywood's Party of the Year® on Sunday, January 5, 2020 airing LIVE coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2019
Hackney Empire has announced further casting for Dick Whittington and his Cat and reveal the first cast images of its sparkling new adaptation as it gears up for panto season! Tarinn Callender, who made his West End debut with the original London cast of Hamilton playing Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, will mark his first Hackney panto in the title role of Dick Whittington. The production will also welcome debut panto appearances from Annette McLaughlin (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child) as Queen Rat, Christina Tedders (Once The Musical) as Alice Fitzwarren and Sue Kelvin (Caroline, Or Change) as Fairy Bowbells. As previously announced, they will star alongside Hackney stalwarts Grand Dame Clive Rowe who marks a 13th panto appearance, this year starring as Sarah the Cook, the loveable Kat B as Vincent the Cat and the ever trusty Tony Whittle as Alderman Fitzwarren. Dick Whittington and His Cat will run from 23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020, with opening night for press on Wednesday 4 December 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
Read reviews for Sean Foley's hotly anticipated stage adaptation of the classic Ealing Studios comedy The Man in the White Suit.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2020
James Quaife Productions today announces the world première of Paul Harvard's debut play GHBoy - opening at the Charing Cross Theatre on 10 November 2020, with previews from 4 November, and runs until 28 November.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2019
Genesian Theatre has announced its 76th season!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2019
Made at Curve presents West Side Story, running in Leicester this Christmas 23 Nov 2019 – 11 Jan 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2019
Full casting for Ben Elton's stage adaption of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom Upstart Crow - which opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 7 February 2020 and will see David Mitchell make his West End debut - has been announced.
by TV News Desk - Nov 22, 2019
Since its launch in 2015, the Film Movement Classics label has been dedicated to seeking out distinctive films of the past from around the globe, and offering these digitally restored classics to cineastes everywhere. Following the recent theatrical releases of FRITZ LANG'S INDIAN EPIC and Bill Forsyth's coming-of-age classic GREGORY'S GIRL and the home entertainment releases of French farce THE MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB and King Hu's pioneering wuxia film, THE FATE OF LEE KHAN, Film Movement has acquired a baker's dozen of British classics from the '40s-'60s for Blu-ray and digital release on the Film Movement Classics label beginning this December.
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2019
Getting Married, Shaw's satire scrutinizing the institution of marriage and various other "social norms", begins previews May 10 at the Shaw Festival's Royal George Theatre. Director Tanja Jacobs transfers Shaw's timeless and witty comedy to the 1950s - a decade of simmering societal change and where the age-old question "is getting marriage really worth the trouble?" resonates with new relevance.
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019
The producers of Sean Foley's hotly anticipated stage adaptation of classic Ealing Studios comedy The Man in the White Suit are delighted to announce that Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Brookside, Coronation Street) will join the cast for a strictly limited engagement. The British Comedy Award-winning actress will play 'Mrs Watson' from 5th September for three weeks at Theatre Royal Bath prior to nine weeks at the Wyndham's Theatre from 26th September. The world premiere production will then continue its engagement in the West End until 11th January 2020 with further casting to be announced.
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2019
Between 1-25 August at Laughing Horse venue Espionage in Edinburgh, award-winning comedian Joe Bor tells the story of the friendship between his grandad - world-renowned town planner Walter Bor - and his grandad's best friend - world-renowned comedy actor Herbert Lom - and their journey from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to the UK.
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2019
Tartan, kilts and braw melodies from the beloved romantic classic Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon brings a wee bit of Scottish delight to The Shaw's Festival Theatre beginning May 5. The season's main stage musical, directed by Glynis Leyshon, with a revised book by Brian Hill; brilliantly brings the windswept wonder and ethereal charm of this enduring tale of love to life. A feast of song and dance, the Shaw Festival production also includes music direction by Paul Sportelli and choreography by Linda Garneau, with fight direction by John Stead.
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2020
The Stephen Joseph Theatre will present the world premiere of a new play by Alan Ayckbourn a?" Anno Domino.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019
The Donmar Warehouse today announces full casting for Artistic Director Michael Longhurst's inaugural Donmar production Europe by David Greig. Joining previously announced cast members Billy Howle (Berlin), Kevork Malikyan (Sava), Faye Marsay (Adele), Stephen Wight (Billy) and Shane Zaza (Morocco) will be Theo Barklem-Biggs as Horse, Ron Cook as Fret and Natalia Tena as Katia.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2020
Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre is closing during the current coronavirus crisis, but is already making plans to be up and running again as quickly as possible once it's able to.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2019
Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced that Sean Foley will become the theatre's new Artistic Director, Amit Sharma will be Deputy Artistic Director, and Rachael Thomas will become Executive Director.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2020
This Spring Oldham Coliseum presents a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's famous story The Jungle Book, a perfect treat for the whole family to enjoy.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2019
​​​​​​​Shaw Festival Board Chair Peter E.S. Jewett welcomed today two new ex officio members to the Shaw Festival Board of Trustees: Betty Disero, newly elected Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Laurie Harley, Shaw Guild president.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019
Just shy of a century after her sold out Broadway run was branded an 'obscene, indecent, immoral and impure drama' by a New York grand jury, Mae West's Sex gets a rousing production at the Shaw Festival. Directed by Peter Hinton-Davis, this powerful melodrama begins in Montreal's red light district of the 1920s, then shifts locations to Trinidad and New York City. Overflowing with trademark Mae West one-liners, and with its frank sexuality heightened by Hinton-Davis's gender-bent casting, Sex begins previews at the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre on June 21st.
by Sarah Hookey - Jun 19, 2019
THE MARLOWE Comedy Festival has announced that Vic Reeves and Shaun Williamson will join Richard Herring's RHLSTP Tour, here next month (July). The show will be a live recording of Richard's podcast, an award-winning interview series with some of the biggest stars of comedy and entertainment.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2019
After taking London's West End by storm, comedy thriller The Ladykillers makes its North American premiere under the direction of Artistic Director Tim Carroll. The Shaw Festival's production of Graham Linehan's stage adaptation - based on one of the best-loved British films of all time - begins previews tomorrow at the Festival Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2019
During tonight's dinner celebrating The Shaw's production of The Ladykillers, Executive Director Tim Jennings announced the Festival has received a funding boost from the Ontario Government's Celebrate Ontario program.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2019
Chris Abraham directs a new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand's romantic tale of unrequited and selfless love. Translated from French to English, Associate Artistic Director Kate Hennig's version is presented in prose, yet it thrillingly preserves the poetic beauty of Rostand's original verse. Cyrano de Bergerac begins previews Saturday, July 27 at the Royal George Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2020
Hot on the heels of the re-ignition of outdoor performances, The Maltings Theatre will present a two-week open air festival of Shakespeare (and more) at the Roman Theatre of St Albans during August.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2019
They're back, oh yes they are! Hackney Empire is delighted to announce Grande Dame Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe will make his 13th pantomime appearance this Christmas starring as Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington and His Cat joined by Hackney favourite Kat B who will star as Vincent the Cat and Tony Whittle as Alderman Fitzwarren. Rowe returns following a triumphant East End comeback in last year's 20th anniversary production of Aladdin which saw him receive the accolade for Best Dame in the 2019 Great British Pantomime Awards. Dick Whittington and His Cat will run from 23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020, with opening night for press on Wednesday 4 December 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2019
An extreme exploration of the power of words, Howard Barker's Victory is not for the squeamish. A tale of survival set against the violent aftermath of the English civil war, Victory uses language as a weapon, challenging a modern audience's expectations of what theatre should be. Directed by Artistic Director Tim Carroll, Victory features an all-star ensemble cast led by Martha Burns, Sara Topham, Patrick Galligan, Gray Powell, Tom Rooney and Tom McCamus. The Shaw Festival's production begins previews on Sunday, July 14 at the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2020
The Stephen Joseph Theatre has announced a spring/summer season of in-house and visiting productions for 2020, alongside its annual Christmas show.
by TV News Desk - Feb 4, 2020
Ealing Studios' output from the 1940s and 1950s not only helped define what was arguably the golden age of British cinema but also fostered the emergence of talented directors such as ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK (The Ladykillers, The Man in the White Suit). This March, Film Movement Classics celebrates the iconic director with a special double bill featuring two unforgettable Mackendrick comedies - WHISKY GALORE! & THE MAGGIE - along with a host of specially produced bonus features.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2020
The director of the Academy Award winning SECRET IN THEIR EYES, Juan José Campanella, and THE NATION'S Jeet Heer are Tom Needham's special guests on the next SOUNDS OF FILM.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
It has today been announced that Curve theatre is extending the run of its critically-acclaimed Made at Curve production of the classic musical, West Side Story.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
Native Earth Performing Arts will present its production of the 2018 Governor General-nominated play This Is How We Got Here, written and directed by Keith Barker, featuring Kristopher Bowman, Tamara Podemski, James Dallas Smith and Michaela Washburn on January 26-February 16, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2019
Following its successful London transfer to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Other Palace, Nigel Slater's Toast announces its full cast for its UK tour, which launches at Huddersfield's Lawrence Batley Theatre on 19 August, where the play's writer Henry Filloux-Bennett has recently been appointed Chief Executive, and will conclude at the Crewe Lyceum on 7 December.
by Michael Rabice - Aug 28, 2019
The Shaw has once again programmed a play known by few. After their success at rediscovering Mae West's SEX this season, I was hoping that THE LADYKILLERS would produce yet another unearthed gem. This comedy, mostly unknown outside of the UK, was briefly revived on the West End in 2011,but it's humor may best be served in a different era.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
Casting has been announced for the Made at Curve production of West Side Story, running in Leicester this Christmas 23 Nov 2019 – 11 Jan 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2019
With the critically acclaimed The Son currently running at Kiln Theatre, and with Inua Ellams' The Half God of Rainfall in rehearsals, Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announced the full cast for Blues in the Night - Susie McKenna directs Sharon D Clarke (The Lady), Debbie Kurup (The Woman), Clive Rowe (The Man) and Gemma Sutton (The Girl) the first major London revival in 30 years. The production opens on 24 July, with previews from 18 July, and runs until 7 September.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2019
The Shaw Festival returns to the wondrous world of Narnia for a second time with a new adaptation of C.S. Lewis's The Horse and His Boy. Directed by Christine Brubaker and adapted by Governor General's Award-nominee and playwright Anna Chatterton, this world premiere opens the Shaw Festival's 2019 season on April 6 at the Festival Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2021
The Barn Theatre in Cirencester and The Theatre Chipping Norton have announced that they will be remounting their 2020 production of the Goodale Brothers' Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense to mark the 140th anniversary of o the author P.G. Wodehouse's birth.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2019
Theatre Royal Bath today announces four additional productions - Vienna 1934-Munich 1938, The Life I Lead, Trying It On and The Man in the White Suit, to complete its Summer Season 2019 programme and further casting with Katherine Parkinson, Janie Dee as well as Vanessa Redgrave, Miles Jupp and David Edgar among the stars set to take to the stage in both treasured classics and acclaimed new works.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2019
Producers today announced that a stage adaptation by Sean Foley of the classic Ealing Studios comedy The Man in the White Suit, will play a three week season at Theatre Royal Bath, prior to receiving its world premiere at Wyndhams Theatre in preview from September 26th with an opening night of October 8th. The production will be directed by Sean Foley and will star Stephen Mangan as Sidney Stratton and Kara Tointon as Daphne Birnley. Set and costume design will be by Michael Taylor.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2019
Deadline reports that Marlon Wayans will star with Bill Murray and Rashida Jones in Apple-A24's first movie On the Rocks, helmed by Oscar winner Sofia Coppola.