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The Ladykillers
July 2016

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Jul 2016 - The Ladykillers poster
Written by Graham Linehan
based on the motion picture screenplay by William Rose

Produced & Directed by Steve Berry

Cast List

Mrs Wilberforce
Jean Willis
P.C. MacDonald
Colin Mepstead
Professor Marcus
Bill Beck
Major Courtney
Mick Willis
Harry Robinson
Luke Bailey
Mr 'One-round' Lawson
Alan Godman
Louis Harvey
Ryan Caston
Mrs Jane Tromleyton
Jo Godman
General Gordon
Kerry Bailey
Mrs Wilberforce's guests
Betty Merton, Helen Caston, Charlotte Caston, Beryl Lacey
Set Designer
Phill Willing
Stage Managers
Charlotte Caston & Helen Caston
Lights and Sound
Steve Hewlett
Claire Feekings & Beryl Lacey
Betty Merton
Beryl Lacey

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.

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