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The Ladykillers

Opens: 26/11/2011 Closes: 14/04/2012 Gielgud Theatre, London
This new adaptation of the classic, and wickedly funny, Ealing comedy has no input from Tom Hanks or the Coen Brothers, thankfully. Instead, our favourite filthy-tongued Scot Peter Capaldi takes the Alec Guiness role, leading a bumbling criminal gang that relies a ittle too heavily on the frail old Mrs Wilberforce... For more information visit: http://www.theladykillers.co.uk/ Buy: http://gielgud.official-theatre.co.uk/
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Financial Times“A delightfully executed cautionary tale...” It’s an eccentric, macabre comedy and Linehan adapts it affectionately. He has reworked William Rose’s original story with an eye for slapstick, which Sean Foley’s exuberant production embraces...
 
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Time Out“Ingenious retro farce...” Linehan has added wonderfully weird touches to the gang and the tea-loving Mrs Wilberforce. But Sean Foley's broad production over-relies on crass physical comedy...
 
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The Stage“Giddily and guiltily entertaining...” But the joy and surprise of The Ladykillers, a dotty, potty black comedy based on the Ealing film classic of 1955, is that it has a theatrical vitality and life all of its own...
 
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The Arts Desk“Much of the play consists of entirely new material...” This production, sleekly directed by Sean Foley, is fleet of foot, crammed with crisp one-liners and finely timed slapstick, and a nice and imaginative attention to detail that even manages to cram an extra gag or two into the curtain call...
 
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The Observer“Worth travelling to see...” It is hard to imagine a cast more dexterously matched to a series of smart notions. In the Alec Guinness rolling-eyed mastermind role, Peter Capaldi makes gangling look like Grand Guignol. Ben Miller seethes with newly minted Romanian rancour...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“The result is a caper that delights, even if it can’t disarm...” What starts out noirish, ends up nutty. Graham Linehan’s ticklish stage adaptation succeeds because it honours that, spicing up old-fashioned goofing with a contemporary knowingness. It is both homage and histrionics...
 
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Evening Standard“Affectionate yet brightly original adaptation...” Mixing elements of farce, thriller, ghostly chiller and morality tale, Linehan's layered play seems to speak of a darkness at the very heart of British society, yet it brims with slapstick...
 
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Guardian“A very different animal from the 1955 movie...” while it may lack the Ealing touch, it works very well as a slapstick farce. What was once macabre comedy has acquired a madcap, Marx brothers quality. An exuberantly inventive evening, one existing in its own right at a tangent to the original.
 
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The Telegraph“The show is packed with cracking comic performances...” Graham Linehan’s new adaptation and Sean Foley’s constantly inventive production are full of fresh gags and amazing physical comedy routines, while remaining true to the spirit. The show works and, at its considerable best, works triumphantly.
 
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The Independent“This is comic bliss with (pace the set) brass knobs on... ” Graham Linehan defies augury with this inspired adaptation that converts the proceedings into a hilarious send-up of loony, slapstick farce. The evening abounds in terrific running gags, both visual and verbal.
 
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