‘Ladykillers’ set for West End

Stage version to try out in Liverpool

“The Ladykillers,” the 1955 Ealing Studios screen comedy starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers, will make its stage bow in November. Adapted by TV comedy scribe Graham Linehan (“Father Ted,” “The IT Crowd”), the West End-bound production will be directed by performer-turned-helmer Sean Foley, best known as one member of the comedy duo behind Tony-nommed “The Play What I Wrote.”

Produced by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel in association with Stage Entertainment UK and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, the production stars Peter Capaldi, James Fleet, Ben Miller, Clive Rowe and Stephen Wight as an unlikely bunch of crooks and Marcia Warren as a little old lady who foils their plans. It will play an out-of-town tryout at Liverpool Playhouse Nov. 3-19 ahead of a West End run at the Gielgud beginning Nov. 26 with a Dec. 7 press night.

The script is adapted from U.S. scribe William Rose’s Oscar-nommed, BAFTA-winning screenplay. Property was remade for the screen in 2004 by the Coen Brothers with Tom Hanks in the lead role.

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