The Ladykillers is a black comedy based on the classic Ealing Studio film.
November 1956, King's Cross, London. A sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus' brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?
A sad footnote to this production is that it marked the farewell appearance of Bill Beck on the RaTS stage. A stalwart member of the Society for some 39 years, Bill has played serious and comedic roles, been musical director for many pantomimes and other productions, as well as playing with our travelling concert party, and being the Society's Treasurer. Our best wishes go to Bill on his retirement to Ireland.