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Leaving Craggy Island behind, writer Graham Linehan makes the move from


television to the West End with stage comedy T e Ladykillers production company] had a very nice pitch, which was “T e Ladykillers is great, isn’t it? But could it be funnier?”.” He adds, “I’ve always loved T e Ladykillers, but not primarily for its comedy. It’s very atmospheric, and the story has a neatness that’s hugely pleasing. Had I simply transposed the events of the fi lm to the stage, I wouldn’t be doing anyone any favours. So it’s a Ladykillers with more emphasis on farce that goes a little


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nlisting an all-star cast, Graham Linehan has adapted the classic 1955 Ealing comedy T e Ladykillers for the stage for his


latest production. Best known for his work on television comedy series Father Ted and T e IT Crowd, this is Linehan’s fi rst foray into theatre - a decision that was inspired by quite an unusual off er. He says, “Fiery Angel [the theatrical


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bit deeper into all the characters.” Based on the original screenplay written


by William Rose, T e Ladykillers tells the story of an eccentric old lady whose life is turned upside down when an unlikely group of criminals arrive at her lopsided house in King’s Cross. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Despite Rose winning a nomination for the


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