Criminals try to make a killing in this play

The Ladykillers
The Ladykillers

Vanquish those January blues with classic Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers.

Graham Linehan’s hilarious adaptation opens at Milton Keynes Theatre on Wednesday January, 23.

The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrot in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross.

Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals.

Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot.

Things do not go well and the professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and amusing fashion.

The tour follows a critically acclaimed West End run at London’s Gielgud Theatre.

It stars Cliff Parisi, who is best known for playing Minty in Eastenders and Paul Brown whose credits include Holby City and My Family.

It also features Clive Mantel, Chris McCalphy, William Troughton and Michele Dotrice.

The production was nominated for five awards in the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Sound Design and Best Actress in a Play for Marcia Warren.

The play smashed all known box office records at the Gielgud Theatre by taking just under £400,000 in a single week and recouping its entire West End outlay in fewer than seven weeks.

The Ladykillers is showing at Milton Keynes Theatre from Wednesday, January 23 to Saturday, January 26.

Performances are at 7.30pm each evening with additional 2.30pm matinees on the Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets cost from £12 to £29.50 plus a booking fee. They are available from the box office on 08448 717652 or online at