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Shaftesbury Avenue 39, London W1D 6AR

The Ladykillers

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Closed April 14, 2012

Returning to the west end after last year's success is this remake of an Ealing comedy classic.


Why See The Ladykillers?

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Based on the 1955 Ealing comedy of the same name, this reboot of The Lady Killers by Bafta award-winning writer Graham Linehan won rave reviews when it first opened in London in 2011. It returns to the West End with a completely new cast and brand new stage design by Michael Taylor; the house in which the play is set is full of odd angles and misalignments, providing a slightly surreal and nightmarish setting which is perfect for the delightfully macabre tale.

The Ladykillers is vibrantly acted by an ensemble cast of well-known TV and theatre actors including Angela Thorne, best known for her role in To The Manor Born. They strike the perfect balance between the physical comedy and lunacy that have become hallmarks of this production.


A gang of criminals, lead by the quick-witted Professor Marcus, plan to rob a train at Kings Cross station and decide to rent rooms in a nearby house while they prepare their nefarious plot. The house is owned and occupied by an endearing elderly widow called Mrs Wilberforce. As a cover, Professor Marcus convinces Mrs Wilberforce that the gang are an amateur string quartet in need of rooms for rehearsal.

Of course, things don't go according to plan for the criminals. The increasingly suspicious Mrs W soon discovers what the gang is up to, so they decide to kill her. Such a task proves more difficult than it seems when bodies, not one belonging to the little old lady, start to pile up.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 26 November 2011

Opening night: 7 December 2011


The Ladykillers is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards.


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Simon Day
Ralf Little
Con O’Neill
John Gordon Sinclair
Chris McCalphy
Angela Thorne


Director - Sean Foley
Sound - Ben and Max Ringham
Set Design - Michael Taylor
Lighting Design - James Farncombe
Costume - Michael Taylor

What you thought

6 reviews, average rating: (4.1 Stars)

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Craig M: “The Lady Killers”

This is one that cannot be missed! We have just returned home from the... more

Niki Burrows: “the lady killers - a delightfully different entertainment ”

Well done Graham Linehan just as slick as Father Ted. A great rollicking... more

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