The Ladykillers

by Graham Linehan From the motion picture screenplay by William Rose by special arrangement with StudioCanal & by special arrang

Showing 24 May – 30 October

The Performers

Chris Porter

Chris Porter

(Const. Macdonald)

Trained at LAMDA.

Theatre includes: Numerous productions with Guildford Shakespeare; Pressure (Touring Consortium and Park Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Kenneth Branagh Co.); Round and Round the Garden (Mill At Sonning); Magnificence, Martine (Finborough Theatre); What the Dickens (Gonzo Moose and Drum Plymouth); Friend or Foe (Colchester Mercury); The Hypochondriac (Liverpool Playhouse and English Touring Theatre); Victory (Arcola); Hard Times (Compass); Onysos the Wild (Theatre503 and Traverse); Tartuffe (Watermill); Angels Among The Trees (Nottingham Playhouse); Saints Day and The Road to Ruin (Orange Tree Theatre); The Art of Success (Arcola); The Winter’s Tale and The Maid’s Tragedy (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Dwarfs, The Local Stigmatic and Lakeboat (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and Assembly Rooms).

Film: Murder on the Orient Express (dir. Kenneth Branagh); The Winslow Boy (dir. David Mamet).

Television: Dr Who, Ancient X Files, The Genius of Mozart, NailBomber, The Bill, Bad Girls, Footballers’ Wives.

Radio (all BBC R4): Home Front, The Wild Asses Skin, Heart Transplant.

Rachel Laurence

Rachel Laurence

(Mrs L. Wilberforce)

Rachel trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

She is delighted to be back at TBTL, having visited, as half of Hunt & Laurence, with her own productions - The Ladies of Cranford, Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, Mapp & Lucia Ahoy! and her solo show, The Key to the Garden, as well as Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.

Rachel’s recent theatre work includes Lettice and Lovage at the Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, and She Stoops to Conquer, Hay Fever and Moon Tiger, all for Theatre Royal, Bath. Other stage work includes: Feed, Aladdin, No More Sitting on the Old School Bench, Pinocchio and Billy Liar for Oldham Coliseum, and Just Enough Rope, Play it Again Sam and Aladdin for the Library Theatre in Manchester.

On television, Rachel has appeared in GBH, A Very British Coup, Heartbeat, Cold Feet, Grange Hill, Medics, The Ward, In Suspicious Circumstances, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Tales of the Unexpected, Strike, Second Chance, Emmerdale, Brookside, Merseybeat, Doctors, Josie Smith, How We Used to Live, Killer Contract, Love & Reason, Angels, Sharon & Elsie and Nanny.

Films include: A Day in Summer, Gunpowder, Business as Usual, Blood & Peaches and the US miniseries John & Yoko, as Cynthia Lennon.

Dominic Gately

Dominic Gately

(Professor Marcus)

Dominic trained at GSA.

Recent theatre: Edward and Eliza and the Smashing of the Van (Hope Mill Theatre and tour); The Importance of Being Earnest (Leicester Curve and Birmingham Rep); Partition (West Yorkshire Playhouse and BBC); The Last Seam (Cast).

Other theatre includes: Beryl (The Rose, Kingston); The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Theatre Colchester); The Gambler (Opera North); Company Along the Mile (Arcola); Barnbow Canaries, The Crucible, Beryl, Refugee Boy, Monkey, Beauty and the Beast, Scuffer, The Worm Collector (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Pilot Theatre and tour); The Diary of Anne Frank (York Theatre Royal and tour); The Sunshine Boys (Oldham Coliseum); Kes (Liverpool Playhouse and tour); Absent Friends (Oldham Coliseum and tour); The Weir (New Vic); Touched (Salisbury Playhouse); A View From the Bridge, The Birthday Party, The Deep Blue Sea, Loot (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Helium (Barbican); Othello (Nottingham Playhouse); Hamlet (Wimbledon).

Dominic has devised and performed many site-specific productions as part of Slung Low.

Television includes: Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Waterloo Road, The Royal, Doctors, Hollyoaks, Paradox, Walk Like a Panther.

Writing includes: Three (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Correct Frequency for Stories and Original Bearings (Slung Low).

Dominic is developing a new solo piece, An Anchor for Happiness, with Theatre in The Mill, Bradford.

Patrick Driver

Patrick Driver

(Major Courtney)

Theatre includes: In Basildon (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Hyem (Theatre503 and Northern Stage); Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Educating Rita (Gala Theatre, Durham); The Herbal Bed (English Touring Theatre); Measure for Measure, As You Like It, The Heresy of Love, Julius Caesar, Dr. Scroggy’s War, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Faith Healer (Lyceum, Edinburgh); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (West End); For Once (Hampstead Theatre, Traverse, UK tour); Bus Stop (New Vic and Scarborough Stephen Joseph); Treasure Island (Watermill); Faith Healer, Othello, Drowning on Dry Land (Salisbury Playhouse); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, London Assurance, Volpone (Royal Exchange Manchester); Hunger, Imperfect Librarian, Theatre Dream, Half Machine, Icarus Falling and Poseidon (Primitive Science).

As joint Artistic Director of Dialogue Productions, he has appeared in Scorched (Old Vic Tunnels); Wedding Day at The Cro-Magnons (Soho Theatre); The Furies/Helter Skelter (Bush Theatre, UK tour); Top Dogs (Southwark Playhouse and UK tour); Heroes Like Us (Edinburgh Festival); The MC of a Striptease Act Doesn’t Give Up (Edinburgh Festival, UK, US and European tours).

Television includes: Informer, Call the Midwife, Guerilla, Silent Witness, EastEnders, Friday Night Dinner, Whistleblowers, Peepshow, Holby City, Doctors, The Bill, The Office, The Last Chancers, Worst Week of My Life, Grass, People Like Us and My Hero.

Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy

(Harry Robinson)

Luke trained at Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He is also a musician playing viola, guitar, piano and saxophone.

Theatre credits includes: Such Filthy F*cks (Vaults Festival); Fairytale Detectives (Theatr Clwyd); Astley’s Astounding Adventures and The Snow Queen (New Vic); Burkas & Bacon Butties (Tara Finney Productions); 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep); Fossils (59E59 Theatre, New York); The Sunset Five (Pleasance Theatre/ Greenwich Theatre); Thank You for Smoking (Southwark Theatre); Inheritance Blues (Hull Truck/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Fade and The Birthday Party (Dugout Theatre); Hamlet (Bedouin Shakespeare Company) and Nurture (Theatre 503).

Television and Film credits includes: Twelfth Night (Interactive Shakespeare Co).

Devesh Kishore

Devesh Kishore

(Louis Harvey)

Since graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Devesh’s theatre credits include Gauhar Jaan - The Datia Incident (Omnibus Theatre); Child of the Divide (Polka Theatre); Gangsta Granny (West End and UK Tour); Piece of Silk (The Hope Theatre); Stowaway (HOME and UK tour).

Whilst training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama: Duchess of Malfi, Ring Ring, Tartuffe, The Merchant of Venice.

Eric Potts

Eric Potts


Originally from Ayrshire in Scotland, Eric trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has performed at most of the country’s top repertory theatres and touring venues as well as in London’s West End. His regular television appearances include Emmerdale, Casualty, Citizen Khan, Heartbeat, Last of the Summer Wine, Doctor Who, Brookside, The Royal and Still Game. Eric is probably best known for his portrayal of baker Diggory Compton in Coronation Street. He can also be heard regularly on BBC Radio drama productions.

As a director Eric has worked on many different productions from Canterbury to Oldham with national tours and plenty of pantomimes in between.

Eric is also a prolific scriptwriter and has many of his pantomimes performed across the country each year as well as other scripts written for both stage and television.

Eric is delighted to be part of the Summer Season here at the beautiful Theatre by the Lake and is looking forward to a long hot summer by Derwentwater enjoying the fresh air and real ale!