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The LadyKillers

March 6, 2013

I saw the instant change of face from “polite smile” to “total relief” when I said to Lizzie Spooner : “We are leaving!” as the curtain hit the stage after the first Act of “The Ladykillers”, at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton. “Excruciatingly painful” and “flabby production” were just two of the long list of criticisms we shared as soon as we left the theatre.

Very unusual for me to suggest leaving a production, which has only happened a couple of times in my life. However there was no hope of improvement here, with only more agony if we had stayed. I was not going to subject the two of to more of the same terrible gags which did not make us laugh the first time, raised eyebrows the second time and positively instilled horror the third and fourth time.

Gags such as the old lady standing on someone’s long scarf, a manic-pill popper being hit by a revolving blackboard or an imbecile saying, “I’m Mister Lawson” over and over again became more than tiresome. Relief came when the two of us had a complete breakdown holding back fit of giggles in a silent auditorium with tears streaming down our faces. We looked at each other in disbelief as most of the cast were crammed into a little cupboard in what was supposed to be a crescendo of mayhem. The audience were totally silent and for us it was the pit of despair in this dreadful production!

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