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Legally Blonde and The Ladykillers Both Ending in April

Saturday, 28th Jan 2012

Two Shows Based on Famous Movies Will End at their West End Homes Early in 2012

Two high profile productions will be ending their respective runs in the West End this April, leaving both the Savoy Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre free for new shows to take centre stage. One is the blockbuster, Laurence Olivier Award-winning “Legally Blonde” and the other is the Graham Linehan-penned production of “The Ladykillers”, which is based on the classic Ealing comedy.

“Legally Blonde the Musical” is based on the 2001 movie, which starred Reece Witherspoon as Elle Woods (currently portrayed by Carley Stenson at the Savoy Theatre), a girl who is dumped by her boyfriend at the beginning of the story. He cites his reasons as wanting someone more serious and Elle decides that she should take this opportunity to ditch the credit cards and sign up for a place at Harvard Law School. Pretty soon she is proving to everyone that she can be as serious as the next girl.

The production opened at the Savoy Theatre in January 2010 (with previews from December 2009) and has been hugely successful, picking up three Laurence Olivier Awards at last year’s ceremony. It will now bow out on Saturday 7th April 2012.

Meanwhile, “The Ladykillers” has been at the Gielgud Theatre since December and has also announced and April end date. The play has been penned by Graham Linehan, best known as the writer of television comedies like “Father Ted”, “Black Books” and “The IT Crowd”, and is based on the 1955 Ealing Comedy of the same name.

The story focuses on a band of thieves that are planning to steal a large sum of money and in doing so the leader of the group – Professor Marcus (portrayed by “The Thick of It” star Peter Capaldi) – takes up residence in the home of a sweet old lady, subsequently getting her involved in the action. But when she finally realises what’s going on, they decide they are going to have to dispose of her if they want to keep their hand on their hard-earned cash.

“The Ladykillers” continues at the Gielgud Theatre until Saturday 14th April 2012.

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