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New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Hull Truck Theatre present The Ladykillers at the SJT

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From the writer of Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd comes the smash hit stage adaptation of The Ladykillers, on tour to the Stephen Joseph Theatre from 5 to 9 May.

First staged at Liverpool Playhouse in 2011, The Ladykillers went on to a record breaking debut season in the West End where it had critics and audiences in raptures. Now the SJT’s sister venue, the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is teaming up with Hull Truck Theatre to present a new adaptation of the Ealing classic by BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning television comedy writer Graham Linehan.

When criminal mastermind Professor Marcus and a motley crew of misfits pose as amateur musicians to rent rooms from the sweetly eccentric Mrs Wilberforce, the police have no idea that they’re planning a daring robbery. But Mrs Wilberforce is not so easily deceived. With his brilliant plot rumbled, the professor decides that there’s only one way to keep the old lady quiet – Mrs Wilberforce must face the music. And he doesn’t mean a string quartet!

Andrew Pollard, the writer behind the SJT’s past five Christmas plays and a favourite of the New Vic where he last appeared as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, heads the crew as the Professor. Michael Hugo plays gangster Louis Harvey and returns to Scarborough where he most recently performed in Northern Broadsides’ The Grand Gesture. Mrs Louisa Wilberforce is played by Anna Kirke whose previous credits include the national tour of Equus in 2011 and Abigail’s Party with London Classic Theatre.

Joining them on stage as the oafish One-Round is Andy Gillies whose television credits include BBC’s Doctor Who and Channel 4’s Man Down; Timothy Speyer, seen last year in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of The Witch of Edmonton and The Roaring Girl, plays Constable MacDonald and Mrs Jane Tromleyton.

Matthew Rixon who also appeared in the New Vic’s Around the World in 80 Days and York Theatre Royal’s King Arthur, plays Major Courtney. Matt Sutton, previously seen in the UK tour of Tom Wells’ Jumpers For Goalposts, completes the company as petty criminal, Harry Robinson.

The production is directed by Hull Truck Artistic Director Mark Babych.

The Ladykillers can be seen in the Round at the SJT from Tuesday 5 May to Saturday 9 May at 7.30pm each night, except Thursday when there is an earlier performance at 7pm, plus matinees at 1.30pm on Thursday 7 May and 2.30pm on Saturday 9 May. Tickets, priced from £10 to £24.50, are available from Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at ww.sjt.uk.com.

Do you want to join the chorus of old ladies in The Ladykillers at the Stephen Joseph Theatre?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, if you’re aged 16 or above and feel confident in appearing on stage and in a dress, this is your chance to perform in the smash hit comedy!

The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Hull Truck Theatre are touring a new adaptation of Graham Linehan’s Ealing classic to the SJT from 5 to 9 May and they are looking to recruit six ‘old ladies’ to perform throughout the Scarborough run.

Open audition to recruit old ladies for The Ladykillers


Anyone interested in taking part is invited to a friendly group audition at the SJT on Saturday 25 April from 11am-1pm, run by Hull Truck’s Tom Bellerby.

He said:
"We’re very excited to be involving the community in this production of The Ladykillers. The community chorus will be involved in one key scene in which Mrs Wilberforce invites her friends to what she thinks will be a wonderful musical recital by her musician acquaintances who aren't musicians at all but a motley collection of crooks."
Those selected for the volunteer community chorus will be invited to rehearsals on Saturday 2 May and Tuesday 5 May with Tom Bellerby and Hull Truck Artistic Director Mark Babych.

Successful applicants must also be able to commit to all local performances from Tuesday 5 May through to Saturday 9 May which includes evening performances at 7.30pm each night except Thursday when there is an earlier show at 7pm, plus matinees at 1.30pm on Thursday 7 May and 2.30pm on Saturday 9 May.

The Ladykillers rehearsal photo © Andrew Billington

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