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The Ladykillers – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Michael Grove  Forget Alec Guinness. Forget Tom Hanks. This is an ingenious stage version of William Rose's classic Ealing comedy, penned by Graham (Father Ted) Linehan and first seen in 2011. Despite its cinematic origins, it is at heart a good old-fashioned farce, lacking only the manic inevitability of the best of that ...

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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 – 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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The Ladykillers – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Angela Wilson [rating:4.5] Following on from a very successful run in the West End during 2012, The Ladykillers visits Curve this week on its national tour. Many of us will be familiar with the 1955 film (one of the famous Ealing Comedies) on which it is based – can it recreate the quirky, ...

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The Ladykillers – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:4.5] Milton Keynes Theatre this week brings us a classic black comedy The Ladykillers, which has been a huge and acclaimed hit in the West End recently. Everyone will recall the wonderful 1955 Ealing Comedy film of the same name now adapted for the stage by Graham Linehan, reputed for his ...

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