Hit comedy is on tour

The touring cast of The Ladykillers
The touring cast of The Ladykillers

GRAHAM Linehan’s hit adaptation of the classic 1955 Ealing comedy The Ladykillers is touring the country and can be seen at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from October 29-November 2.

Directed by Sean Foley, The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrot in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross.

Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals.

Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion.

This stage production of The Ladykillers has been adapted by Graham Linehan, best known for being the writer behind TV comedies Father Ted and The I.T. Crowd.

Director Sean Foley is a multi award winning stage director whose work in the West End includes Play What I Wrote, Do You Come Here Often, Ducktastic, Pinter’s People and Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw.

Paul Bown plays Professor Marcus with Clive Mantle as Major Courtney, Michele Dotrice as Mrs Wilberforce, Chris McCalphy as One-Round, William Troughton as Harry and Shaun Williamson as Louis.

The UK and Ireland tour of The Ladykillers follows the critically acclaimed West End run at London’s Gielgud Theatre. The production was nominated for five awards in the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Sound Design and Best Actress in a Play for Marcia Warren.

The play smashed all known box office records at the Gielgud Theatre, by taking just under £400,000 in a single week between Monday December 26 2011 and Sunday January 1 2012 and recouping its entire West End outlay in less than seven weeks.

Ticket details for The Ladykillers are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.