Join the cast of the Lady Killers at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Lady Killers at the Stephen Joseph in May
The Lady Killers at the Stephen Joseph in May

Do you want to join the chorus of old ladies in The Ladykillers when the black comedy visits the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, if you’re aged 16 or above and feel confident in appearing on stage and in a dress, this is your chance to perform in the show

The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Hull Truck Theatre are touring a new adaptation of Graham Linehan’s Ealing classic to Scarborough in May and they are looking to recruit six ‘old ladies’ to perform throughout the run.

Anyone interested in taking part is invited to a friendly group audition at the Stephen Joseph on Saturday April 25 from 11am-1pm, run by Hull Truck’s Tom Bellerby.

He said: “We’re very excited to be involving the community in this production of The Ladykillers. The community chorus will be involved in one key scene in which Mrs Wilberforce invites her friends to what she thinks will be a wonderful musical recital by her musician acquaintances who aren’t musicians at all but a motley collection of crooks.”

Those selected for the volunteer community chorus will be invited to rehearsals on Saturday May 2 and Tuesday May 5 with Tom Bellerby and Hull Truck artistic director Mark Babych.

Successful applicants must also be able to commit to all local performances from Tuesday May 5 through to Saturday May 9 which includes evening performances at 7.30pm each night except Thursday when there is an earlier show at 7pm, plus matinees at 1.30pm on Thursday May 7 and 2.30pm on Saturday May 9.

The Ladykillers, by television writer Graham Linehan (Father Ted, Black Books, The IT Crowd), sees a motley crew of misfits pose as amateur musicians to rent rooms from the sweetly eccentric Mrs Wilberforce.

The police have no idea that they’re planning a daring robbery but Mrs Wilberforce is not so easily deceived. Criminal mastermind Professor Marcus decides that there’s only one way to keep the old lady quiet – Mrs Wilberforce must face the music. And he doesn’t mean a string quartet...

For an application form or for any further information please contact the SJT OutReach department on 01723 370540.