The Ladykillers  
The Ladykillers

by Graham Lineham 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?

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 : Leon Chambers


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

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.
Since rejoining the Tower Theatre in 2012 after a 13-year break, Leon Chambers has appeared in Brighton Beach Scumbags, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Entertaining Mr Orton, The Winterling, Dumb Show, Little Nell and Under the Blue Sky. He has also acted with a number of other groups in both London and Kent including appearing in Autobahn with SEDOS. He is a filmmaker and has directed eight short films, which have played at film festivals all over the world, picking up a number of awards along the way. He is currently completing post-production on his first feature film, Above the Clouds.
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.