The Ladykillers,Theatre Royal, Norwich. March 2013
I was introduced to the Ealing Comedies by Mr Norfolkbookworm not long after we started going out together. There is something timeless about a lot of the films and they are real comfort films that stand rewatching.
The Ladykillers took London by storm when it opened in late 2011 and went on to be nominated for many awards in the 2012 season. It wasn't one that hugely appealed at the time - I'm always wary of adaptations of well loved films/books as I've written before. A friend, whose opinions I trust, also wasn't blown away by it when she saw it and so it passed me by.
However curiosity (and priority booking/discounts) got the better of me, when it was announced that the touring version would come to Norwich I booked the hubby and I seats.
I'm glad we saw it, the acting was very good and I think that the set is the best I've ever seen in Norwich - it was so intricate and clever. It has been a while since I last saw the film but the story felt fresh and yet at the same time also managed to feel like a 1950s Ealing comedy - no mean feat.
Ultimately it was a nice evening. Mr Norfolkbookworm isn't a great theatre person or a fan of London so seeing a play together is always a treat but (and didn't you just know this was coming!) for me the play just lacked a little something.
I laughed and I was amused but I wasn't swept away at any point.
I do wonder if the pacing had anything to do with it - perhaps making the play 10 minutes shorter and doing away with an interval would have made an entertaining play into a great one?
I'm glad we saw it but I'm glad we didn't pay top whack for the seats and travel to London for the experience.