Lytham’s Anonymous Players relish the opportunity to portray six very diverse main characters in an amusing play adapted from the 1955 film which included the renowned Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in leading roles.
Producer Di Prutton skillfully avoids any of her characters becoming stereotypes by choosing a cast, who each produce first class comic timing and convincing words, looks and gestures.
Andy Cooke, urbane but ever-scheming, leads the group of robbers, bizarrely posing as amateur musicians, who take a room near Kings Cross station in the home of the lonely elderly Mrs Wilberforce prior to the raid.
Liz Antcliffe brings both confusion and perception to her role in a well-judged performance.
Jeff Redfern is splendidly nervous as the conman, Chris Campbell spot on as the affectionate heavyweight and there is strong work too from Chris Slack, Kieran O’Doherty, Roger Prutton and Lesley Jarvis.
There is some awkward staging in a piece more easily suited to the varying locations and angles a film offers, but a video sequence work well as the quintet of robbers are eliminated one by one in the second half and disposed of on a goods train to Newcastle.
Accomplished acting is always the hallmark of the Anonymous Players and here once more it is the basis of a very entertaining show.