Ralf Little, Simon Day, John Gordon Sinclair and Con O’Neill will all star in Sean Foley’s production of The Ladykillers when it returns to the Vaudeville theatre later this year.
Adapted from the classic film, Graham Linehan’s hilarious version, which tells the story of a gang of criminals who pose as amateur musicians to rent out rooms in the home of sweet and eccentric Mrs Wilberforce while they plan a heist, will play from 29 June (press night 9 July) to 25 October.
Star of The Royle Family, Little’s stage credits include Falling Leaves and Presence at the Royal Court, the latter of which won the actor an Olivier Award nomination in 2002. Also well-known for his television appearances in hit comedy series Two Pints Of Lager And A Packer Of Crisps, in which he starred alongside his Royle Family co-star and this year’s Olivier Awards co-host Sheridan Smith, and Sky1’s The Café, Little will take on the role of Harry in Foley’s production following his forthcoming performance in A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg at Kingston’s Rose theatre.
Joining Little is Day (Major Courtney), an actor best known for his on screen roles in television series The Fast Show, New Tricks, Hustle and Skins, and films Shakespeare In Love, The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus and Run Fat Boy Run.
Their co-stars, Sinclair and O’Neill, are more regularly seen on stage. Sinclair (Professor Marcus) boasts a wealth of stage credits including The Producers, Absurd Person Singular, The Invisible Man and She Loves Me, a role for which he won an Olivier Award in 1995, while O’Neill (Louis), also an Olivier Award winner having taken home one of London theatre’s most prestigious accolades for his performance in hit musical Blood Brothers, has appeared on stage in productions including Telstar in the West End and Southwark Fair at the National Theatre.
Completing the cast are Chris McCalphy (One Round), whose theatre credits include The Ladykillers on tour and West End productions of The Madness Of George III, Enjoy and The Letter, and Angela Thorne (Mrs Wilberforce), who, though best known for her role in British sitcom To The Manor Born, has appeared on stage in productions including The Last Of The Duchess at the Hampstead theatre and The Reporter at the National Theatre.
The Ladykillers will open at the Vaudeville theatre following Trevor Ashley’s West End debut in Liza (On An E) and theatrical concert spectacular The West End Men.