Criminal to miss The Ladykillers at Stephen Joseph Theatre

Andy Gillies in rehearsal for The Ladykillers. Image Andrew Billington
Andy Gillies in rehearsal for The Ladykillers. Image Andrew Billington

The much loved comedy crime caper, The Ladykillers, from the writer of Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd, comes to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre May 5.

First staged at Liverpool Playhouse in 2011, The Ladykillers went on to a record breaking debut season in the West End where it had critics and audiences in stitches.

Now the SJT’s sister venue, the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, has teamed up with Hull Truck Theatre to present a new adaptation of the Ealing classic by BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning television comedy writer Graham Linehan.

London’s finest have no idea that a daring robbery is planned when criminal mastermind Professor Marcus and a motley crew of misfits pose as amateur musicians to rent rooms from the sweetly eccentric Mrs Wilberforce.

But Mrs W is not as dumb as she looks. With his brilliant plot rumbled, the professor decides that there’s only one way to keep the old lady quiet – Mrs Wilberforce must face the music. And he doesn’t mean a string quartet!

Andrew Pollard heads the crew as the Professor. A favourite of the New Vic where he last appeared as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, Pollard is also the writer behind the SJT’s past five Christmas plays.

Michael Hugo plays gangster Louis Harvey and returns to Scarborough where he most recently performed in Northern Broadsides’ The Grand Gesture.

Mrs Louisa Wilberforce is played by Anna Kirke whose previous credits include the national tour of Equus and Abigail’s Party.

Joining them on stage is Andy Gillies (Doctor Who); Timothy Speyer (The Witch of Edmonton and The Roaring Girl for the RSC); Matthew Rixon (Around the World in 80 Days and King Arthur) and Matt Sutton (Jumpers For Goalposts).

The production is directed by Hull Truck artistic director Mark Babych.

The Ladykillers can be seen in the Round at the SJT from May 5-9.

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