THE LADYKILLERS (play)
Previews from 29th June, opens 9th July 2013.
To Mrs Wilberforce's King's Cross household of parrots are added Professor
Marcus and his four criminal friends. The professor thinks Mrs Wilberforce might
be the ideal distracter for their van robbery scheme. Sadly, the best laid
schemes of parrots and men...
Graham Lineham adapts William Rose's 1955 Ealing film comedy. Sean Foley directs
a revival of the production first seen in Autumn 2011 at the Gielgud Theatre.
(From the 2011 Gielgud Theatre production)
Not available - the reason may one day appear in the monkey's memoirs, but not
before... anyway... the professional reviewers are full of praise for a film
adaptation that plays up the farce element for the stage and seldom flags thanks
to writer, director and cast (no mention of the scenery or lighting, nor stage
crew, but the monkey assumes all also contributed strongly too).
As robbery escalates into attempted murder, the skills of Ben Miller, James
Fleet, Peter Capaldi, Stephen Wight and Clive Rowe - plus Marcia Warren as the
honest landlady in mortal peril - move into overdrive that alters the original
film but delivers many laughs still. One reviewer felt it missed the darkness of
the original, but that the update is still better than any film remake ever was.
A sure seasonal pleasure, seems to be the opinion.