A stage adaptation of the classic 1955 Ealing comedy The Ladykillers is to go on tour this autumn, after a smash-hit run in the West End, which will take it to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen for a week from Monday, November 19.
The current London production, with an all-star cast including Peter Capaldi, ends on April 14 and casting for the 26-week UK and Ireland tour, which begins in September, will be announced soon.
Tickets for the show at HMT from Monday to Saturday, November 19 to 24, go at sale to APA Friends on Thursday, May 10 and to the general public the following Thursday, online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
"The Ladykillers has been knocking them dead in the West End and we're delighted to bring such a great show to His Majesty’s,” said Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers.
"It's a real coup to have a smash hit in London come to Aberdeen so soon after its run ends in the capital.
"We have no doubt the tickets will be in huge demand when they go on sale."
The UK and Ireland tour follows The Ladykillers’ critically acclaimed run at London’s Gielgud Theatre which was recently nominated for five 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Sound Design and Best Actress in a Play for Marcia Warren.
It tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrots in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals.
Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion.
This stage production of The Ladykillers has been adapted by Graham Linehan, best known for being the writer behind TV comedies Father Ted and The I.T. Crowd.
Director Sean Foley is a multi award winning stage director whose work in the West End includes Play What I Wrote, Do You Come Here Often, Ducktastic, Pinter’s People and the forthcoming revival of Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw.
The West End production currently stars Peter Capaldi as Professor Marcus, Ben Miller as Louis, James Fleet as Major Courtney, Clive Rowe as One-Round, Stephen Wight as Harry and Marcia Warren as Mrs Wilberforce.
The play also smashed all known box office records at the Gielgud Theatre, by taking just under £400,000 in a single week between Monday December 26 and Sunday January 1.