The Ladykillers – the Director’s Preview

Charlotte Benstead, director of this classic 1950s black comedy opening next week, gives us 10 good reasons for seeing this show. But you’ll have to be quick for a ticket – at the time of writing, it’s close to a sell-out already. If you find the night you want is sold out and you live locally, it’s always worth coming along in case of returns on the night.

Ten Reasons to Come and See The Ladykillers:

1. It’s an adaptation of a classic film from the brilliant Graham Linehan. Like Father Ted? The IT Crowd ? Then the chances are you might like this!

2. It’s my third attempt at directing at the SLT and this time the action is in more than one room and there are props … lots of props.

3. We have some brilliant music from Peter Bond. We’ve stayed true to the charts of 1956 when the play is set, and there are some tunes you’re bound to recognise.

4. People sometimes drink tea and eat cake.*

5. Jeanette Hoile heads up her own formidable posse. You really need to see the loose society of women we’ve assembled!

6. A wonderful ensemble of new and old members are working really hard to get this off the page for your delight. They’re playing a bunch of idiots – come and see if they’re naturals.

7. We have tried to pay homage to many of our favourite comedians. See how many you can spot.

8. If you don’t want any spoilers move to no. 9 – have you gone? … the second act is a bit of a blood bath.

9. A brilliant team of SLT creatives and supporting cast are bringing it to life.

10. It’s got a parrot in it.

*On a serious note, we have a special event on Saturday 4 May after the matinee. We’re selling tea and cake in the foyer in support of a real lady killer; many of the team have been affected by breast cancer and we’re going to be raising money in support of Breast Cancer Care, who hold regular support sessions in Lambeth. If you want to pop along and get a load of our buns, even if you’re not attending the matinee, you will be most welcome. We’ll be posting a link for donations for anyone who can’t make it.


The Ladykillers runs from 30 April – 4 May at the Old Fire Station, and tickets are on sale here.