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The Ladykillers - W/E casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for the West End return of Graham Linehan’s new adaption of the celebrated Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers, which runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from June 29 to October 26, 2013.

The line up includes Ralf Little (The Royle Family) as Harry, Simon Day (The Fast Show) as Major Courtney, Angela Thorne (To the Manor Born) as Mrs Wilberforce and Olivier Award winners John Gordon Sinclair (She Loves Me) as gang leader Professor Marcus and Con O’Neill (Blood Brothers) as Louis.

And following the show’s recent UK tour, Chris McCalphy will reprise his role as One Round.

Previously Posted: Graham Linehan’s new adaption of the celebrated Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers, is returning to the West End, this time to the Vaudeville Theatre, where it runs from June 29 to October 26, 2013.

The production, which is currently touring the UK, made its West End debut at the Gielgud Theatre in 2011.

The Ladykillers, winner of this year’s Whatsonstage.com Award for Best New Comedy, is the classic black comedy tale of a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, 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?

The Ladykillers is directed by Sean Foley, whose West End credits include Do You Come Here Often, The Play What I Wrote, Ducktastic, Pinter’s People and Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress. He also directed Kenneth Brannagh and Rob Brydon in the Lyric Belfast’s production of The Painkiller, which he also adapted.

Graham Linehan is an Irish television writer, actor and director who, often in partnership with Arthur Mathews, has written or co-written a number of popular television comedies, most notably Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd.

The Ladykillers is designed by Michael Taylor, with lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Ben and Max Ringham. Casting for the Vaudeville run has yet to be announced.

The acclaimed 1955 film starred Alec Guinness (as Professor Marcus), Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green and Katie Johnson (as Mrs Wilberforce).

Great Expectations continues at the Vaudeville Theatre until June 1, 2013.