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Gielgud Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7E
The Ladykillers
Gielgud Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Gielgus Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 26th Nov 11
Opens 7th Dec 11
Closes 14th Apr 12
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.45 pm
Matinée Weds & Sat 3.00 pm

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  • Marcia Warren - Mrs Wilberforce
  • Peter Capaldi - Professor Marcus
  • James Fleet - Major Courtney
  • Ben Miller - Louis Harvey
  • Clive Rowe - One-Round
  • Stephen Wight - Harry Robinson


  • Writer - Graham Lineham
  • Director - Sean Foley
  • Sound - Ben and Max Ringham
  • Set Design - Michael Taylor
  • Lighting Design - James Farncombe
  • Costume - Michael Taylor

A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



One of England's favourite comedy films from Ealing Studios in 1955 has been brought to the Stage with a fantastic cast and a re-write.

Sir Alec GuinessUsually any alteration of a classic is bound to cause purist eyebrows to shoot up. I mean 'How can you top Alec Guiness and Peter Sellars?" The Today team attempted a pop at it when they called Lineham in for an interview which turned into a typical attack via so-called debate on "how much have you changed it?" . Creativity, however is and always has been the ability to adapt and recreate from another artists standpoint. Like it or not - that's art contributing to the evolution of humanity.

Graham LinehamThe re-writer was the creator of Father Ted and the IT Crowd which were out-of-the-box popular. He declined to transcribe it and did not even watch the film. He wrote it for the stage. He made the same brilliant story alive again in another form.

The beauty of the theatre over film is that the players are forever responding to the audience who's energy is a part of the performance of the night. This is already a classic in its own right and all lovers of English comedy will love this play. I'd go so far as to say all lovers (and students) of English humour will not wish to miss it.

Marcia Warren is a crucial element in the film and play and her unwavering consistency in being the pivotal point of reference for the better-known stars make her the equivalent of the water in which the bigger fish swim. She has attracted attention for her performance.

Dubbed a 'black' comedy - it isn't any longer black or grey or whatever.... it's just incredibly funny.

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Professor Marcus and his wily gang struggle to portray themselves as amateur musicians bearing an array of violins and a cello. They need to muster their pretense just to rent rooms from Mrs Wilberforce who lives in a strategically placed old house over the station. Her delight at having such interesting lodgers causes her to proffer multiple cups of tea to the villinous gang who carry on assuming that she doesn't notice a thing.

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Instead of just using her house the string quintet involve her in their plan to carry out a robbery of quantities of cash. But she notices rather a lot without letting on and gets her strict and proper hands on the cash instead. The police are left bewildered by the heist job despite Mrs Wilberforce's delicate attempt to alert them to the plot. Charming Marcus, also bewildered, decides that the only way to keep her quiet is to kill her. It seems that her parrot, General Gordon is her only friend when the little old lady is left alone in the house with five potential murderers. But which one is desperate enough to do the deed?

3 licensed bars

Disabled Toilets
Adapted toilet in foyer near the bar.

Leg Room
Please ask when booking if you require extra leg room.

For extra enjoyment treat your party to good seats.

© 2017 Updated 5th Jun 2012