Stage play of Classic Ealing Comedy is a pre-Christmas treat

Lyceum Theatre Oldham is bringing colour and life to the classic black and white film comedy The Ladykillers this month.

In 2011, TV writer Graham Linehan, known for sitcoms such as Father Ted and The IT Crowd, turned an Ealing Comedy into a comic play.

However, he chose a film with possibly the most complex set – a run down, leaning, rickety house which needs to be constructed on two storeys with a scene on a roof and the knowledge that there’s a train track running close by.

Lyceum Theatre Oldham, famed for its ability to create realistic sets in its small basement theatre, have taken on the challenge.

Coupled with an experienced set of actors and an imaginative Director, this promises to be the must-see production of the year in Oldham.

The comic play tells the story of one small woman who inadvertently welcomes a gang of criminal misfits into her home. Despite their larger than life threatening demeanour, diminutive Mrs Wilberforce refuses to let them get the better of her.

Joan Duffin, who plays Mrs Wilberforce, is the only woman on set for most of the play.

She said: “The set is coming along fine. It is indeed very complex but Ian and the team are working well on it. It is not so bad for me but becomes very involved and complicated for the gang.”

The Ladykillers will be shown at Lyceum Theatre Oldham on November 24 – December 2, 2017. Performances start at 7.30pm (no performance on Sunday, November 26).

All tickets cost £8.50 and can be booked online: or by calling the Box Office:  0161 627 1032.

Find Lyceum Theatre Oldham at 95 Union Street, Oldham OL1 1QG and also follow them on social media.


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