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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Preview: The Ladykillers at Newcastle People’s Theatre


The Ladykillers
adapted by Graham Linehan
Newcastle People’s Theatre
Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd July 2017


Photos: Paula Smart
Elderly, widowed Mrs Louisa Wilberforce lives quietly with her parrot, General Gordon, in a genteel Victorian house in 1950s London. She is more than pleased when the charming Professor Marcus rents her spare room to rehearse his classical quintet. Little does she know that her guests are really a bunch of oddball gangsters planning a bank heist.

This legendary Ealing black comedy is adapted for the stage by Graham Linehan (co-writer of Father Ted).


Photos: Paula Smart
Whether or not you’re familiar with the macabre comedy of the original movie, you will love the madcap drollery of Linehan’s surreal scenarios.


Photos: Paula Smart
The lavender-scented landlady’s lop-sided, chintz-filled folly of a home becomes a madhouse as the deluded criminal mastermind and his gang of unhinged eccentrics plot their doomed heist.


Photos: Paula Smart
Co-directors Sean Burnside and Matthew Hope say: “We look forward to transporting our audience to visit this crazy, ramshackle corner of 1950s King’s Cross. If our rehearsals are anything to go by they should enjoy seeing this unlikely bunch of hapless villains thwarted by a fearless band of tea-fuelled old ladies.”
Tickets:
The Ladykillers runs from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd July at 7.30pm. Tickets are £13.50 (£11 conc) available from the Box Office on 0191 265 5020 or online at peoplestheatre.co.uk. 


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