‘The Ladykillers’ is back in town. Now on its third cast of bumbling, murderous crims, it’s as anarchic and free-wheeling as anything you’ll see on a West End stage.
Graham Linehan’s script takes the setup of the 1955 Ealing comedy, in which five crooks hole-up in a little old lady’s lopsided house to plan a robbery, and cranks up the contrast. The gags come faster, the killings are crueller and there’s a delicate knowingness to the dialogue that never oversteps the mark.
John Gordon Sinclair is grand as hubristic criminal mastermind Professor Marcus, supported by a hilarious turn from Simon Day as cross-dressing conman Major Courtney. Angela Thorne makes for a delightfully doddery Mrs Wilberforce, and, overall, director Sean Foley manages to retain the warm, ensemble feel of the classic film.
There are times when this production feels a little too chaotic, with more than a few lines getting scrambled and the cast ad-libbing around malfunctions in Michael Taylor’s wildly ambitious set, but it really only adds to the fun. A lunatic farce that’s as black as a policeman’s hat, ‘The Ladykillers’ is as irresistible as ever.
By Stewart Pringle
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This is a great stage interpretation of the old Ealing comedy, John Gordon Sinclair is excellent as Professor Marcus as is Chris McCalphy as One Round. Personally I thought the set was brilliant and very imaginative, both my wife and I thouroughly enjoyed the show and would recommend it.
This was the worst production i have ever seen in the west end. Im amaised that this even exists. I was looking at my watch the whole time and left at intermission. I would pay not to sit through this again. The acting was poor and the jokes were cheap.
Took my girlfriend and we both thoroughly enjoyed this. The stage and set were cleverly pieced together without being over the top. The last half an hour dragged somewhat but up until then I thought it was very funny and the eclectic array of characters make it!
Don't bother. I really looked forward to this--I loved the old Ealing comedy & I think Graham Linehan is one of the funniest writers on earth. I wasn't counting on the director & half the cast not knowing the difference between projecting and bellowing incomprehensibly (try, if you're masochistic enough, to imagine an actor bellowing at the top of his lungs in a fake Romanian accent!) . Yes, I KNOW it's the Vaudeville Theatre so the director presumably thought everything should be played broadly enough that any three-year old in the audience would know when something was SUPPOSED to be funny, but the result was boring, & I left with a bit of a headache.