Dead bodies and dark deeds tale is all laughs
NOW this is a very fine way to spend an evening.
Take a cast of experienced professionals and give them a script by one of TV comedy's best writers, based on a much-loved British movie.
Then let them loose on a stage built at the most extraordinary angles, sit back and enjoy the results.
You will laugh from start to finish at The Ladykillers, which is on at Plymouth's Theatre Royal until Saturday.
Everything about this production is just right.
The cast, including Paul Bown, Clive Mantle, William Troughton, Chris McCalphy and Shaun Williamson as the unlikely string musicians and the magnificent Michele Dotrice as the remarkable Mrs Wilberforce, play it for laughs throughout.
It's a story of dark deeds, murder and armed robbery, and the bodies certainly pile up thick and fast, but it is packed with laugh-out-loud moments.
Graham Linehan's script is sharp and clever, and resists the temptation to throw in anything modern which might ruin the 1950s atmosphere of the piece. There are more high spots than you can count, but watch out for the robbery itself and the arrival of the concert audience, splendid set pieces both.
And as for the set, prepare to be dazzled and a little disconcerted.