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The Ladykillers

Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2f, 6m

Graham Linehan

The Ladykillers
by Graham Linehan
From the Motion Picture Screenplay by William Rose By Special Arrangement with StudioCanal & By Special Arrangement with Fiery Angel Ltd, London

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 6m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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Summary

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing.
Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus' brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

Cast Attributes
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Tours
  • Time Period 1950s
  • Setting A house
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

"This is no pale stage rip-off but a new-written piece of perfection." - The Times

"A joy from start to finish." - Daily Express

"The show works and, at its considerable best, works triumphantly." - The Daily Telegraph

"An exuberantly inventive evening." - The Guardian

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Graham Linehan

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