I remember many a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon, grabbing a cuppa and enjoying the classic Ealing comedy THE LAVENDER HILL MOB. Incredibly, the movie is 71 years old, which by my reckoning I’ve seen it dozens of times.
Now, the men who broke the bank and lost the cargo are back! The world premiere adaptation of The Lavender Hill Mob, the classic Ealing Comedy starring Alec Guinness, is heading to Cardiff this week.
Described by the British Film Institute as the ‘greatest British film of all time‘, it was only a matter of when, not if, that this classic story would be brought to life on stage. The show has an amazing team behind it with Olivier-nominated playwright PHIL PORTER, it’s directed by Tony and Olivier-nominated JEREMY SAMS and stars acclaimed comic actors MILES JUPP (A Very British Scandal, Mock The Week, and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans) and JUSTIN EDWARDS (The Thick of It, 1917 and The Ferryman).
This side-splittingly funny, fast-paced comedy tells the story of Henry Holland (Miles Jupp), 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 (Justin Edwards) 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.
Here’s Miles and Justin to give us their take on the story and a look at the show trailer……
Joining Miles and Justin on stage are VICTORIA BLUNT (Audrey), GUY BURGESS (Farrow), AAMIRA CHALLENGER (Fernanda), TESSA CHURCHARD (Lady Agnes), JOHN DOUGALL (Sir Horace) and TIM SUTTON (Sammy).
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB had its world premiere at Cheltenham Everyman just a few weeks ago. We get to see it this week at the New Theatre in Cardiff from Tuesday 1st through to Saturday 5th November. Performances are at 7:30pm each evening with a 2:30pm matinee on Wednesday and Saturday.
Tickets start at £17 through to £37, with a variety of concessions along the way. For more details, and to book yours, go HERE.