Criminal misfits in siege at MK Theatre

The Ladykillers
The Ladykillers

WHY travel to catch a good performance when all the best shows keep flooding through the door of MK Theatre?

Having wrapped up an acclaimed West End run at the Gielgud Theatre (taking just under £400,000 in less than a week), comedy The Ladykillers debuts at MK Theatre this Wednesday.

Eccentric old lady Mrs Wilberforce lives alone in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross, keeping a parrot for company.

But when Professor Marcus and his four friends arrive (posing as amateur musicians) her quiet little life is turned upside down – no surprise when you learn these fella’s make up an unlikely group of criminals.

They plot the heist of a security van and decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover, unwittingly embroiling her in the criminal side.

But we said this was a comedy, and when things start to go wrong and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel, it comes undone in a decidedly hlarious way!

Graham Linehan has adapted the stage production – he is the man who penned the classic Father Ted, while director Sean Foley has previously sprinkled magic on The Play What I Wrote, Pinter’s People and What The Doctor Saw, in the West End.

As for the cast bringing The Ladykillers to life?

It’s a good ‘un – taking on the role of the parrot loving pensioner is Michelle Dotrice.

As the long-suffering wife of Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, she knows a thing or two about comic delivery.

Michelle also appeared in many productions with her late husband Edward Woodward.

Between them, they have given British television some of its most memorable moments.

Cliff Parisi in new to the cast. Loved by millions as Minty in Eastenders, he has more recently been stepping out in the BBC hit, Call the Midwife.

Former Casualty star Clive Mantle is also on board, joining fellow televison and theatre regulars William Troughton, Chris McCalphy and Paul Brown.

Tickets start at £12 and rise to £29.50, show times are 7.30pm nightly with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, at 2.30pm.

Call the box office on 0844 871 7652.