Shaun Williamson, Clive Mantle, Michele Dotrice to star in The Ladykillers at Theatre Royal Plymouth (news)

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Shaun Williamson, Clive Mantle and Michele Dotrice are set to star in a new adaptation of The Ladykillers at Theatre Royal Plymouth this autumn.

From the writer of Father Ted and The I.T. Crowd, Graham Linehan, comes a hilarious new adaptation of the celebrated Ealing comedy The Ladykillers, starring Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em), Shaun Williamson (Extras and EastEnders) and Clive Mantle (Casualty and The Vicar of Dibley).

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing…

Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce.

The villains plot to involve her unwittingly in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job.

The police are left stumped, but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet.

With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

The Independent called the show ‘comic bliss with brass knobs on’, while The Times just called it ‘perfection’.

The Ladykillers is at Theatre Royal Plymouth from September 14 to 22, 2012. Tickets are on sale now.

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