Graham Linehan's hit adaptation of the classic 1955 Ealing comedy The Ladykillers, directed by Sean Foley, will embark on a 26 week tour of Ireland and the UK in 2012, beginning today, 14 September at Theatre Royal Plymouth. The production will then tour to Canterbury, Sheffield, Birmingham, Southampton, Cambridge, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Malvern and Bath in 2012, with further dates for 2013 to be announced.
Tickets for The Mayflower Theatre Southampton are now on sale, with further venues to follow shortly.
The UK and Ireland tour follows The Ladykillers critically acclaimed run at London's Gielgud Theatre. The production was recently nominated for five Awards in the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Sound Design and Best Actress in a Play for Marcia Warren. Audiences have just four weeks to see the West End production before the hit play ends it's run on 14th April 2012.
The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrots in a strange lopsided house in King's Cross. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor's plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion.
This stage production of The Ladykillers has been adapted by Graham Linehan, best known for being the writer behind TV comedies Father Ted and The I.T. Crowd.
Director Sean Foley is a multi award winning stage director whose work in the West End includes Play What I Wrote, Do You Come Here Often, Ducktastic, Pinter's People and the forthcoming revival of Joe Orton's What The Butler Saw.
The Ladykillers began previews at London's Gielgud Theatre on November 26th, 2011 and officially opened on Wednesday December 7th, 2011.
The West End production currently stars Peter Capaldi as Professor Marcus, Ben Miller as Louis, James Fleet as Major Courtney, Clive Rowe as One-Round, Stephen Wight as Harry and Marcia Warren as Mrs Wilberforce. The Ladykillers has enjoyed tremendous box office success, recently recouping its entire West End outlay. The play also smashed all known box office records at the Gielgud Theatre, by taking just under £400,000 in a single week between Monday December 26th and Sunday January 1st 2012.
Casting for the UK and Ireland Tour will be announced soon.