Ladykillers debuts at Gielgud Theatre

Culture vultures staying at luxury London hotels may be interested in catching a new performance of The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre.

Part of the city's largest chain of theatres, the Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, the Gielgud Theatre debuted its take on the Peter Sellers film earlier this month (November 26th).

Recreating the famous Ealing comedy, the latest production is the brainchild of writer Graham Linehan, of Black Books, IT Crowd and Father Ted fame, alongside director Sean Foley, of The Play What I Wrote.

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

Posing as amateur musicians, the criminals are led by Professor Marcus and rent out a room in the house of sweet old 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," adds the group.

Armed only with her eccentric pet parrot, Mrs Wilberforce is left facing down five desperate criminals.

Ideal for those staying in central London hotels, the play boasts a five-star cast, including BAFTA-winner Peter Capaldi, James Fleet from The Vicar of Dibly, Armstrong and Miller's Ben Miller, stand up comic Stephen Wrights, Oliver Award-winner Clive Roy and Marcia Warren.

The Gielgud Theatre first opened in 1906 with a musical called The Beauty of Bath by playwright Seymour Hicks, whom the venue was originally constructed for.

In addition to The Ladykillers, the theatre is also showing Lend Me A Tenor, a new musical comedy by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll.

"This uproarious new musical comedy… is a riotous, unpredictable explosion of mistaken identities and unexpected romance – based on the award-winning West End and Broadway hit comedy by Ken Ludwig," explained the venue.

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