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By Graham Linehan

'…this production is an absolute delight from start to finish: a sure-fire winner.’ British Theatre Guide

'...laugh till you cry.' **** Whatsonstage

‘Marlene Sidaway is divinely sweet-natured in her portrayal of the innocent bystander…’ The Stage

'...a production that sparkled from the off: funny, frenzied and farcical...' The Reading Chronicle

'...one not to miss.’ The Newbury Weekly News

'...his talented cast ... provide a wacky production with some hilarious moments.’ Newbury Theatre

laugh till you cry

Thu 24 Sep 2015 - Sat 31 Oct 2015

From the motion picture screenplay by William Rose
by special arrangement with Studiocanal
and by special arrangement with Fiery Angel Ltd. London

Criminal mastermind, Professor Marcus, and his gang of oddball villains posing as musicians, meet their match when they take up residence in the top floor room of Mrs Wilberforce’s dilapidated house. A convenient location to plan their heist, they figure their sweet-natured old landlady will be easily hoodwinked. But beneath her demure exterior, Mrs Wilberforce is made of sterner stuff and, with just her parrot, General Gordon, for moral support, she turns the tables on the bogus quintet.

Based on the much-loved Ealing Comedy, this award-winning stage adaptation by Graham Linehan, writer of Father Ted and The IT Crowd, fizzes with fun.

Watch an interview with Director Lee Lyford here

Running Times
Act One: 1 hour 10 minutes 
Interval: 20 minutes
Act Two: 50 minutes

Directed by Lee Lyford
Designed by Simon Kenny
Lighting designed by Nick Richings
Sound designed by Adrienne Quartly
Assistant Director Hannah Joss

Matthew Alexander

Constable Macdonald

John Biddle


Dermot Canavan

The Major

Harry Katsari


Paul Mundell

Professor Marcus

Marlene Sidaway

Mrs Wilberforce

Alan Stocks


‘Director Lee Lyford has magically reworked this story creating an inventive, funny and highly enjoyable production and is blessed with a stellar company of actors to work with.’
British Theatre Guide

‘…a tour-de-force performance from Paul Mundell’ British Theatre Guide

‘This captivating and entertaining show is full of surprises and is a palpable hit.’

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'...ticks all the boxes' The Stage

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‘Little old lady Mrs Wilberforce was played by an excellent Marlene Sidway.’
The Reading Chronicle

‘This show was sheer escapist pleasure, daft and dippy, but fun just to sit back and enjoy.’ 
The Reading Chronicle

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‘Paul Mundell was a tour de force as Marcus…’  Newbury Theatre

‘…the impromptu concert by the gang, watched by the increasingly incredulous old ladies was delightful; well done, ladies.’

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‘The Watermill brings old favourite The Ladykillers gloriously to life.’
Newbury Weekly News


‘Marlene Sidaway is brilliant as the old dear trying to do her best and the crooks are gloriously brought to life so vividly that you end up liking the ‘vicious’ Louis (John Biddle), young pill-popping Harry (Harry Katsari), the bumbling Major (Dermot Canavan) and the endearing thicko, ex-boxer One-Round (Alan Stocks).’ Newbury Weekly News