The Ladykillers

by  Graham Linehan

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

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.

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The Ladykillers

by  Graham Linehan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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?

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Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Tours

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: £85 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A house
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

6m, 2f
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  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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