The Ladykillers
The Ladykillers

by Graham Linehan from the Motion Picture Screenplay by William Rose

Directed by Julian Farrance

Evenings at 7.30
Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th and Tuesday 11th - Saturday 15th July
Matinées at 3.00
Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th July

 

The Tower Theatre performing Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy : 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?

Photography by David Sprecher



Cast List

Professor Marcus : Ed Malcomson
Mrs Wilberforce : Alison Liney
Louis : Alex T Hornby
The Major : Michael Bettell
One Round : Dan Usztan
Harry : Samuel Currie-Smith
Constable Macdonald : Michael Mayne
Mrs Tromleyton : Niki Mylonas
Lady One : Lynda Twidale
Lady Two : Charlotte Mackintosh

 

Production Team

Director : Julian Farrance
Set Design : Michael Bettell, Jude Chalk and Bernard Brennan
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design: Adam Taylor
Sound Design : Ruth Sullivan

Assistant Director / Stage Manager : Charlotte Mackintosh
Deputy Stage Manager : Michelle Roebuck
Lighting Operator : Jessie Baker
Sound Operator : Kaushal Ginige
Set Construction & Get-In : Michael Bettell, Jude Chalk, John McSpadyen, Bernard Brennan, Julian Farrance, Rob Hebblethwaite and members of the cast & crew



Ed Malcomson returns to the Tower stage after a six-year break. He trained at Oxford School of Drama, but has spent most of his working life as a teacher of drama and English literature. His first appearance with Tower was as Jasperino in The Changeling. Since then his roles have included Cain in The Mysteries, Henry in The Real Thing, Charles Stanton in Dangerous Corner, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Hal in Dinner and Guy Fawkes, Southwell and the Dodo in 5/11.
 
A retired teacher, grandmother, allotment site-secretary, choral singer and professional old lady, Alison Liney has been involved in amateur drama for over 50 years, spending the last 18 chiefly with the Tower, for which she runs Front of House and occasionally Stage Manages. Recent roles include Marie (Calendar Girls), Daisy (Driving Miss Daisy), Hold Me, Touch Me (The Producers), Miss Prism (The Importance of Being Earnest), Madame Roget (Victor/Victoria), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw) and the Her Majesty the Queen (Handbagged).
Alex T Hornby has been an active amateur actor for over 45 years having been bitten by the stage bug at age 4 playing 'Field Mouse No. 1' in Toad of Toad Hall and has been in everything from Bennett to Beckett to Brecht. With the Spread Eagle Players Alex played the roles of Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, a very strange man indeed in Autobahn and Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers. Alex has also directed Rumours, The Innocents and Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean also for The Spread Eagle Players. This is Alex's first production for the Tower Theatre Company.
 
Michael Bettell joined the Tower Theatre 5 years ago and has been involved in around 100 Tower productions. Previous credits include : as an actor - Seppings in Jeeves and Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense', Larry and Gene in The Return of the Marionettes, Ralph in Frozen, Frank Spraight in Farewell to the Theatre, The Man/Peter/The Doctor in The Pride, Marmion/Son/Technician in Comic Potential and The Reverend Crisparkle in The Mystery of Edwin Drood!; as a Set Designer - Doctor Faustus, Accolade, Othello, Someone Who'll Watch over Me, King Lear, Travesties, Major Barbara, The Kitchen Sink, After the Dance, Coyote on a Fence, Two, Dancing at Lughnasa, Dying for it, The Doctor's Dilemma, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Loot, Calendar Girls, David Copperfield, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, Darker Shores and Terrorism; as an Assistant Director - Damages, and as a Director - Farragut North and Dumb Show.
Dan Usztan joined the Tower Theatre in 2012 and is an Assistant Artistic Director. His acting roles for the Tower include Alan in Time and the Conways, Donald in The Habit of Art, Bobby in Coyote on a Fence, Gerry in Dancing at Lughnasa and Dennis in Loot, and he directed Road at the Bridewell Theatre and One Man, Two Guvnors and After The Dance Upstairs at the Gatehouse. A Literary Agent by day, Dan has also appeared on Mastermind, 15 to 1, Blockbusters and University Challenge.
 
Samuel Currie-Smith is appearing in his third role with the Tower Theatre; his first was Leary in Sherlock Holmes followed by a whole range of parts in Doctor Faustus. This followed 3 years of intense study into Drama and Theatre when he was in productions such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Top Girls and The Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. He has also performed many monologues and a play he co-wrote called Beached.
Michael Mayne's credits include Cornwall in King Lear, Organ in Tartuffe, Julius Caesar, Sidney in Smells of Wee, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Fred in Fred and Madge and Jake in Jake's Women. Michael is a classically trained Actor - a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Drama Art (LAMDA). He worked in the professional theatre for 20 years before family commitment moved him into the commercial world; now those commitments are fulfilled he is working his way back into the Business.
 
Niki Mylonas trained at the late Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and has worked on TV, Film, Video, Stage and Radio. She is an author of non-fiction, a playwright and producer, abridger/adaptor/editor of Shakespeare plays, director and lead actor at Classical Radio Drama a company she founded in 2012. Most recent stage credits include: Nurse in Romeo and Juliet which toured to Paris in 2016, Duchess in Doctor Faustus, Lady Macbeth and Third Witch in Macbeth for Classical Radio Drama, Mrs Shliefke in Her Naked Skin at the Network Theatre, Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs for BLT, Queen Anne in Brandy with Creative Curve Productions for which she won best actress award, Verity in the world premiere of She Wears Scented Rose with Razor Sharp Productions, Anfisa in Three Sisters for Vox Humana Theatre Productions at the Arts Theatre and Josephine in a new version of The House of Bernarda Alba. The Ladykillers is Niki's eleventh project with the Tower Theatre Company.
Usually found in wardrobe, Lynda Twidale has been co-opted onstage for the first time since she joined the Tower Theatre in 2010. She is enjoying being part of the cast, even if it did mean sorting out another costume. She has worked on wardrobe in over 30 Tower shows. When not costuming dozens of characters, Lynda enjoys writing comedy sketches.
 
Charlottee Mackintosh's credits include - Assistant Director : 5/11, Volpone, The Bald Prima Donna/Jacques Double Bill, Doctor Faustus, Henry V (all Network Theatre). Producer : King Lear (Network Theatre). Production Assistant : Romeo and Juliet (Network Theatre). Stage Manager : Breathing Corpses (KDC), The Rake's Progress, Dido and Aeneas (Bristol University). ASM: Blithe Spirit (Network Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Richmond Shakespeare Society), Cider with Rosie (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School).
Julian Farrance has appeared in seven shows for the Tower Theatre : 5/11, Damages, Loot, The Doctor's Dilemma, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Return of the Marionettes and Sherlock Holmes. This is his first time directing for the Tower but he has been involved in numerous productions as actor and director for other companies. In 2014, his play Shoot the Bugger was Runner Up in the Tower's First World War writing competition.