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A tale of deception, farce, inept gangsters and tea

The eccentric Mrs Wilberforce lives in a lopsided Victorian house over London's King's Cross railway tunnel, with just her parrot General Gordon for company. When she decides to let her spare room, the mysterious Professor Marcus moves in; but he may not be the fine upstanding gentleman he appears to be...

As she provides an endless supply of tea and cake to the Professor and his motley crew of ‘musicians’, how long can the gang continue to pull the crocheted wool over this seemingly naïve little old lady’s eyes?

This exciting new adaptation of the classic Ealing Comedy The Ladykillers is by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Black Books) and directed by multi-award winning director Sean Foley (Play What I Wrote, Ducktastic, The Right Size).

The stellar cast for this world première includes the BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, In The Loop, Skins) as Professor Marcus with Ben Miller (Armstrong and Miller), James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Vicar of Dibley, Little Dorrit), Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe (Guys and Dolls, Carousel), rising talent Stephen Wight (Whites, The Habit of Art, Dealer’s Choice) and Olivier Award winner Marcia Warren as Mrs Wilberforce


Star 5 The Times, The Independent, The Express, Liverpool Daily Post

"Show of the year" - The Times

Star 4 The Guardian, The Telegraph, Evening Standard, What's On Stage, Liverpool ECHO


An Edward Snape for Fiery Angel in association with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Presentation.

From the motion picture screenplay by William Rose and by special arrangement with Studiocanal.


The Ladykillers

Thu 3 Nov to Sat 19 Nov 2011 at the Playhouse

Evenings: Mon-Sat at 7.30pm

Previews: 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8 Nov at 7.30pm

Thursday Matinees: at 1.30pm on 10 & 17 Nov

Saturday Matinees: at 2pm on 12 & 19 Nov

Age: 12+

Tickets: £12 - £25 - (see Season Saver below)

Running Time: tbc

Afterwords: Mon 14 Nov

Page to Stage: Thu 17 Nov

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The Ladykillers moved to London's Gielgud Theatre on 26 November 2011.

From 8 October 2012, it will be on a National Tour. Click for details of dates, venues and how to book. 

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  • The Ladykillers_Marcia Warren & Harry Peacock © Manuel Harlan
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  • The Ladykillers _Marcia Warren © Manuel Harlan
  • The Ladykillers Rehearsals _Peter Capaldi by Manuel Harlan
  • The Ladykillers _ Marcia Warren & Peter Capaldi ©  Manuel Harlan
  • The Ladykillers Rehearsals _Ben Miller by Manuel Harlan

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