Two television medics are set to take life-and-death roles in the classic Ealing comedy-melodrama The Ladykillers at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.
Announced today, Holby City’s Clive Mantle and Paul Bown will share the stage with Michele Dotrice, famed for playing Frank Spencer’s long-suffering wife Betty in Some Mothers do ‘Ave ‘Em, William Troughton and Chris McCalphy in the week-long run at the city theatre from Monday, November 12.
They join the previously announced Shaun Williamson – best know for playing Barry Evans in Eastenders – who will play the part Italian gangster Louis Harvey.
Heading up the heist gang as Professor Marcus, Paul Bown is a television regular – appearing in various plays as well as series such as Holby City, Doctors, and The Bill.
At nearly 6ft 6in Clive Mantle is still remembered as Little John in the cult 1980s fantasy series Robin of Sherwood, but he is also known for his role as general surgeon Mike Barrett in both Casualty and later Holby City.
His other television roles include playing the younger brother of David Horton in the British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, a supporting role in White Van Man last year Dr Frankland in the Sherlock episode The Hounds of Baskerville earlier this year.
He also has an ongoing role in HBO's Game of Thrones as Lord Greatjon Umber, a close ally of Robb Stark.
He plays Major Courtney in The Ladykillers while Michele Dotrice plays the heroine of the play, the dotty Mrs Wilberforce who unknowingly lets out her home to a murdering heist gang.
Her first significant television role was as a 14-year-old Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop but it was her role at Betty which made her a household name.
More recently, she has made numerous guest appearances in well-known British television series, including Midsomer Murders, Holby City, Murder in Suburbia, and Doctors.
Playing the gang’s heavy One-Round is Chris McCalphy who’s television work includes Five Daughters, Casualty and The Giblet Boys and who featured in the film Mouth to Mouth while the youngest member of the gang – Harry – is played by William Troughton who has appeared on stage in The Woman in Black, The Holly and the Ivy, Getting On Busted, and My England.
Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers said: “There has been a huge buzz around the The Ladykillers coming straight from the West End to His Majesty’s.
“With the announcement of this drop dead cast, we are sure this is going to be one of the most keenly-anticipated shows in our autumn season.”
Tickets for The Ladykillers are on sale online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.