The Ladykillers (play)

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The Ladykillers is a 2011 stage adaptation written by Graham Linehan based on the Ealing comedy film of the same name. The play premièred at the Liverpool Playhouse in November 2011, directed by Sean Foley.[1] It then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London, opening on 7 December 2011 (after previews from 26 November 2011), and closed after a successful and extended run on 14 April 2012.[2] The production, with a different cast, then embarked on a UK national tour from September to December 2012.[2][3] The play returned to Ealing in March 2017, when it was performed at The Questors Theatre, located less than 500 metres from Ealing Studios, where the original 1955 film of the same name was shot.[4].

Key cast[edit]

Mrs Wilberforce reports her fanciful suspicions to the local police constable, in a 2014 production by OVO theatre company, St Albans, UK
Character Film Original play 2012 tour[3]
Marcus Alec Guinness Peter Capaldi Paul Bown
Harry Peter Sellers Stephen Wight William Troughton
Louis Herbert Lom Ben Miller Shaun Williamson
Major Courtney Cecil Parker James Fleet Clive Mantle
One Round Danny Green Clive Rowe Chris McCalphy
Mrs Wilberforce Katie Johnson Marcia Warren Michele Dotrice


  1. ^ "The Ladykillers Captivates West End With "Pitch-Perfect Production"", Everyman and Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool, 8 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  2. ^ a b Andrew Girvan, "The Ladykillers embarks on UK tour from Plymouth, 14 Sep",, 19 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  3. ^ a b "The Show | The Ladykillers". Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  4. ^ "The Ladykillers at The Questors Theatre"