Catch The Ladykillers at Brookside Theatre, Romford, next week

By Liz Wade in Events

THE greatest criminal minds of all time will finally meet their match in the next production at Brookside Theatre.

The Ladykillers, a delightfull macabre, smash hit adaption of the much-loved classic 1955 film starring Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Frankie Howerd and Peter Sellers, will be at the Romford theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, February 15 to 18.

Adapted by Graham Linehan, the writer of Channel 4 comedies Father Ted, Black Books and the IT Crowd, The Ladykillers tells the story of a criminal gang posing as musicians who plot to murder a sweet little old lady after involving her in the crime of the century.

Brookside Theatre manager, Jai Sepple, will star as Professor Marcus, the leader of a criminal gang, which includes Peter Baker as Major, Jonny Buxton as Harry, Bob Pamplin as One Round and David Ward as Louis.

They are joined on stage by David Biscoe as Constable MacDonald and Joan Plunkett as the eccentric but sweet-natured little old lady, Mrs Wilberforce, who lives alone with her parrot in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross.

Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four companions, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and uproarious fashion.

With his plot now rumbled, the professor decides that there’s only one way to keep the old lady quiet – Mrs Wilberforce must face the music – and he does not mean a string quartet...

This production at Brookside Theatre follows a critically acclaimed West End production at London’s Gielgud Theatre, where the play smashed all the theatre’s previous box office records. The West End production was nominated for five awards in the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, including best new play, best direction, best set design, best sound design and best actress in a play.

Other up-and-coming entertainment on offer at Brookside Theatre, Romford, over the next few weeks include an appearance by father and son, Chip and Chesney Hawkes, who are finally fulfilling a long-held ambition to tour together.

Alongside Chesney’s brother Jodie and long-time Robbie Williams’ guitarist, Gary Nuttall, Chesney and Chip will take an audience at Brookside Theatre on a fascinating journey through their combined musical history, on Sunday, February 26.

Starting with Chip joining the Tremeloes in 1966 and extending beyond Chesney’s 1991 UK number one, The One and Only, expect to hear Tremeloes songs, along with Hawkes’ family favourites and of course, Chesney’s own songs including ‘that’ big hit from the 90s. With a chance for a Q&A and some great rock ‘n’ roll stories thrown in for good measure, this will definitely be an evening to remember.

The theatre will proudly welcome back the incredibly talented, Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden of Isosceles on Friday, March 3, for a selection of Probably The Best Comedy Songs In The World Ever.

Their hilarious tribute to the best comedy songs ever written promises to be an evening of unremitted laughter featuring the greatest comedy songs ever written from the likes of Tom Lehrer, Monty Python, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Lonnie Donegan, Bernard Cribbins, Richard Digance, The Goons, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill, Noel Coward, George Formby, Flanders and Swan and many, many more.

On top of all that, Pat and Dave will perform versions of Elvis Presley and Righteous Brothers hits as you have never heard them before as well as unique renditions of American Pie, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, with just the aid of a piano and whatever talent they can muster.

Not The Rolling Stones will follow on Saturday, March 4, when they will set the stage alight with all of the energy and excitement of a real live Stones concert. The electrifying show, which is a serious tribute to the music of The Rolling Stones, will feature a host of rock hits and anthems from the Stones’ 30 plus albums, including Satisfaction, Start Me Up, Honky Tonk Women, Jumping Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil, Brown Sugar, Paint It Black, Get Off Of My Cloud and many, many more.

Also in March, there will be an evening with award-winning singer and songwriter, Hazel O’Connor. During the performance, on Wednesday, March 8, Hazel will be joined by Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards.

Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel’s stunning portfolio, the old and the new, and a sumptuous night of some of the greatest songs of the 20th century, delivered with passion and fire. There will also be a special meet and greet immediately after the show so you will be in for a treat.

For further information and tickets to see shows and performances at Brookside Theatre, Romford, visit www.brooksidetheatre.com or call the theatre’s box office on 01708 755755.

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