The debut UK Theatre tour based on the classic Ealing Comedy, The Lavender Hill Mob, based on the screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke, adapted for the stage by Phil Porter arrives at Cardiff’s New Theatre this week.
Directed by Jeremy Sams, the production stars Miles Jupp (Holland) and Justin Edwards (Pendlebury/Ambassador) plus Victoria Blunt (Audrey), Guy Burgess (Farrow), Aamira Challenger (Fernanda), Tessa Churchard (Lady Agnes), John Dougall (Sir Horace) and Tim Sutton (Sammy).
The much-loved film version was released in 1951, directed by Charles Crichton, and starred Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway and Sid James, as well as Audrey Hepburn in one of her earliest screen appearances. It was ranked by the BFI as one of the greatest British Films of all time and was restored and re-released in UK cinemas in 2011 for its sixtieth anniversary.
This fast-paced comedy tells the story of Henry Holland, an unassuming bank clerk who dreams of stealing the van full of gold bullion he drives across London each day. When Henry learns that his new lodger makes Eiffel Tower paperweights out of lead, he devises a plan to make his dream a reality. It’s a golden opportunity to pull off the crime of the century, they’d have to be fools to mess it up…
The Lavender Hill Mob plays Cardiff’s New Theatre from November 1 to 5. For ticket availability visit the New Theatre website.