The Ladykillers

Play

Writers: Graham Linehan

Overview

Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
The Ladykillers (1955 film)
Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2011
Genres
Comedy, Farce
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
1956, London, England
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
Ideal for
Mostly Male Cast, Professional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, elderly, young adult characters

Synopsis

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy. Mrs Wilberforce, a sweet little old lady, rents out a room in her lopsided house to Marcus, a professor of music. She is blissfully unaware that he is actually a maniacal criminal who is putting together against a gang of misfits who will stop at nothing to commit the heist of their careers. Unable to think of a suitable final stage to their plan, Marcus decides to involve Mrs. Wilberforce, unwittingly, as the perfect getaway ruse. However, at the final stage, Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their deception and the gang realize that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. As the gang is killed off one-by-one in their attempts to murder the old lady, Marcus faces Mrs. Wilberforce alone and seals his own grizzly fate.

Lead Characters