Settle down for a comedy caper packed with crooks as The Ladykillers sidle in to The Settlement next week

Part of the Settlement Players cast for Ladykillers.

Part of the Settlement Players cast for Ladykillers. - Credit: Archant

A stage adaption of a classic Ealing comedy which was written for the West End is coming to Letchworth.

Evergreen 1950s caper Ladykillers – which has been adapted for the stage by Father Ted and The IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan – will be performed by the Settlement Players at the Little Theatre on Nevells Road from next Thursday, June 11, until Saturday, June 13.

The comedy sees a group of desperate crooks struggle to silence the eccentric old lady who they fear will scupper their big score.

Director Jim Anderson said: “The Ladykillers has been one of my favourite movies ever since I was a child.

“It stars two of my favourite actors, Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers, and I must have seen it a couple of dozen times.

“It is a lovely story of good overcoming evil without even trying. When I heard that Graham Linehan had written a stage version of this wonderful tale I just had to direct it and bring it to the Settlement stage.

“The biggest challenge, without a doubt, has been the set.

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“The play was written for a West End stage with far more resources than we have at the Settlement.

“However, John Baskerville has come up with an amazing set design which gives us five separate rooms and a rooftop.

“I have been very fortunate at the Settlement and have managed to bring together a cast of actors who can also each bring their character to life.”

Tickets for the play, with 7.45pm performances each night, are £8, available from David’s Music or by calling 01462 475900.