Classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers coming to Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:33 28 September 2017

The 'musicians' in the Ladykillers, the Ealing comedy, coming to Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Picture: Mike Kwasniak

The 'musicians' in the Ladykillers, the Ealing comedy, coming to Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Picture: Mike Kwasniak

A new adaption of the side-splitting black comedy The Ladykillers is coming to Queen’s Theatre, written by the author 
of Father Ted and The IT Crowd.

Ann Penfold as Mrs Wilberforce. Picture: Mike Kwasniak Ann Penfold as Mrs Wilberforce. Picture: Mike Kwasniak

The farcical production, written by Graham Linehan, runs at the theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from October 3 to 21.

Irish comedy writer Lineham has a fantastic track record, penning the hugely popuar TV shows Father Ted, The IT Crowd and Black Books.

His script is based on the 1955 film of the same name, starring Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers.

When Mrs Wilberforce puts a sign in her newsagent’s window advertising “A Room to Let”, she’s delighted when the mysterious Professor Marcus proclaims it perfect for rehearsing his unorthodox string quintet.

However she soon discovers that she is not making tea for a motley band of musicians, but harbouring a hardened gang of criminals and conmen planning the great Kings Cross Train Robbery.

The cast includes Graham Seed as Major Courtney best known for his role playing Nigel Pargetter in the BBC’s The Archers.

Ann Penfold plays Mrs Wilberforce who is famous for The Taming of the Shrew, with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Steven Elliot, as Professor Marcus, starred in the film The Watcher in the Woods with Anjelica Huston.

The inventive play features a captivating and ingenious rotating set, as well as a chorus 
of “older ladies” from Havering, who will play the friends of Mrs Wilberforce.

A Queen’s spokeswoman said: “Mixing slapstick and criminal capers to hilarious effect, The Ladykillers is a light-hearted piece of theatre that guarantees audiences leaving with a grin on their face.”

Tthe theatre has once again teamed up with The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, and 
Salisbury Playhouse to co-produce the 

The three venues worked together to put on the comedy Worst Wedding Ever in March, which received rave reviews 
from audiences.

The Ladykillers runs at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 3 – 21 October.

Tickets are £18 - £29 with £10 tickets available for under 26s at certain performances.

For more details and to book, call the box office on 01708 443333, visit the theatre in person or go online at

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