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Alec Guinness seedy gang classic to become stage play, written by Father Ted author Graham Linehan

It might be about gangsters exploiting a sweet old lady to commit an ugly armed robbery, but The Ladykillers is regularly named as one of the nation's favourite comedy films. Now the Ealing classic is to be brought to the stage for the first time in a new version written by Father Ted and The It Crowd writer Graham Linehan.

Producers will announce that the memorably dark and stylish 1955 film is being adapted for the stage, with Peter Capaldi taking on the role of the charming but utterly sinister gang leader Professor Marcus, played originally by Alec Guinness.

The stage play will be very much Linehan's version. "I wanted the film to haunt the play rather than it be a transcription," he said.

There will also be more laughs. He had been asked by »

- Mark Brown

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