The Ladykillers given update at Westacre
Demure, dotty but doggedly determined, Mrs Wilberforce is delighted to let the spare room in her tumbledown house to a mysterious Professor Marcus, who proclaims it perfect for his curious string quintet to rehearse there.
So, where’s the harm in that? Directed by Andy Naylor, the very latest Westacre Theatre on-stage romp is The Ladykillers.
Keeping the original storyline and much-loved characters from the finest-ever Ealing Studios comedy, this side-splitting tribute from playwright Graham Linehan (writer of Father Ted) has had a huge helping of style and invention added to hilarious effect.
Posing as motley musicians, criminal mastermind Marcus and his gang of four incompetent villains are a real cross-section of social misfits.
Now residing in their ideal location to pull off the great King’s Cross train robbery, they fully expect to hoodwink their sweet landlady with her old-fashioned Victorian values.
But once the seemingly harmless landlady becomes witness to their dangerous venture, the gang discover that she is made of sterner stuff. Mrs Wilberforce turns the tables on the fake quintet.
Full of theatrical surprises, the well-paced play benefits from a revolving stage especially constructed at Westacre Theatre for this production.
Officially listed by the British Film Institute as the 13th greatest film of all time, it starred Alec Guinness (two years before ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’), Peter Sellers (from the ground-breaking Goons), Herbert Lom (who went on to star alongside Sellers in ‘Pink Panther’), Jack Warner (from the BBC’s ’Dixon of Dock Green’), and Frankie Howerd.
Building on last year’s sell-out success with the stage version of the film ‘The 39 Steps’, tickets for these seven performances opening on Thursday, June 13, will surely be snapped up, too.
You can book online via www.westacretheatre.com or call the box office on 01760 755800.