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The Ladykillers – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Paul Couch While the original Ealing comedy upon which it’s based was produced in 1955, a passing reference to the start of the Suez Crisis places Peter Rowe’s production of Graham Linehan’s 2011 adaptation of The Ladykillers a year later than that in 1956. Mrs Wilberforce, an elderly and eccentric widow, lives alone in ...

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The LadyKillers – The Coliseum, Oldham

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Having been a hit in at the Liverpool Playhouse and in the West End previously, it is time for the Coliseum in association with Harrogate Theatre,to present this adaptation of the 1955 Ealing Studios film of the same name. When lovely old widow Mrs Wilberforce (Roberta Kerr) advertises a room to ...

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The Ladykillers – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The New Vic and Hull Truck Theatre production of The Ladykillers is raising the laughs at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, en route from one of its producing houses to the other. Re-creating a comic masterpiece (Alexander Mackendrick’s 1955 film to William Rose’s screenplay) can create problems, as even the Coen Brothers found with their 2004 re-make, but Graham Linehan’s stage ...

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The Ladykillers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: William Rose Adapter: Graham Lineham Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Is anyone back from the robbery yet?” It was a genius plan. Or so Professor Marcus thinks. One thing for sure is Graham Lineham’s stage adaptation of The Ladykillers is certainly the work of a genius.Lineham – The writer of popular comedy TV sitcoms Father Ted and The ...

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The Ladykillers – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:3.5] This transfer of an Ealing comedy had a successful run in the West End last year and it has made a quick return with a new cast. The story concerns a group of criminals posing as a string quintet who hire a room from an old lady. The slanted house ...

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The Ladykillers – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Graham Linehan (adapted from the motion picture screenplay by William Rose) Directed: Sean Foley Reviewer: Chris Williams [Rating:5] The Ladykillers is first of all a classic film from British cinema’s golden era of Ealing comedies. Cinema lovers by their very nature are protective of their films so adapting such a classic for the stage would probably have brought up ...

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The Ladykillers – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Clare Boswell [Rating:4] IT Crowd and Father Ted creator Graham Linehan's adaptation of the 1955 Ealing comedy 'The Ladykillers' has certainly disproven claims that re-workings of films cannot successfully transfer to the stage. Linehan alongside Sean Foley's masterful direction has created an outstandingly funny slapstick farce while retaining at it's core the structure ...

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The Ladykillers – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Lu Greer [rating:4.0]   The Ladykillers tells the somewhat infamous story of the sweet old lady unwittingly housing a gang of criminals as they plan to commit a robbery in which everything gradually goes wrong. This is a story which by now is widely known, which meant that this incarnation of the story ...

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