Theatre review: The Ladykillers

Last week I was lucky enough to grab tickets to see The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre. It was top of my wishlist as it’s been written by Graham Linehan and stars Peter Capaldi as archvillain Professor Marcus (both big favourites here at Golightly gardens). Tickets have been going like hot cakes and it isn’t hard to see why.

From the opening scenes it was clear that it wasn’t going to be a workaday re-tread of the film. Much of the dialogue is original, mixed in with trademark Linehan cleverness plus pratfalls. The set’s incredible and seems to have a life of its own even when there are no actors on the stage – I won’t spoil it for you, but the effects of passing trains and the staging of the heist are both very special set pieces.

It’s been perfectly cast, with Marcia Warren as Mrs Wilberforce, Clive Rowe as One-Round and Ben Miller as Louis Harvey. The pacing is deftly done, and the laughs never stop. We loved it.

I’ve heard that some of the shows have already sold out, but do go if you can find a ticket. If you’re on a tight budget, try your luck for day tickets or box office returns on the day.

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  1. I saw this last week too and totally agree – its BRILLIANT!! The set performs as well as all the other actors, really slick. Beg, steal or borrow to get a ticket – it’s really that good, best thing I’ve seen in the west end all year!

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