Miles Jupp and Justin Edwards are to bring classic comedy The Lavender Hill Mob to the stage in a new UK touring production.
Based on the screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke and adapted for the stage by Phil Porter, the tour will be directed by Jeremy Sams and open at Cheltenham Everyman from 13 October 2022.
Following its premiere, the piece will visit Clwyd, Cardiff, Malvern, Richmond, Brighton, Cambridge, Guildford, Glasgow, Bath and Truro, Hall for Cornwall, with further dates to be announced.
The world premiere adaptation of The Lavender Hill Mob, the classic Ealing Comedy which starred Alec Guinness, is heading to a theatre near you.
This side-splittingly funny, 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 …
Come and rediscover this much-loved classic in this brand-new stage play that promises to be the most fun night out of the year!
The production has design by Francis O’Connor and music and magic by Tim Sutton. The associate director is Louise Shephard and casting director is Ginny Schiller CDG.
Further cast and creatives are to be announced.
Miles Jupp said: “I loved the Lavender Hill Mob when I first saw it, I love Phil Porter’s ingenious adaptation of it, I’ve loved every Jeremy Sams production I’ve seen, I love working with Justin Edwards, I absolutely love being part of an ensemble onstage, and I’ve loved doing nearly every play I’ve been in.
“Additionally, the producers appear to be honest. I can really see no reason not to turn up on time, and put the bloody hours in.”
Justin Edwards added: “I agree.”