Director:  Madelaine Moore

Writer:  Madeline Gould

Producer:  The Thelmas

Associate Producer: Laura Elmes Productions



HER: Hannah McClean



Running time:  65 minutes

Age recommendation:  16yrs +

Warnings:   Murder, profanity, blood (stage blood throughout), violence, complex themes around violence and murder.

Twitter:        @TheThelmas   #LADYKILLERplay

Instagram:  @TheThelmas

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by Madeline Gould


A chambermaid, a hotel room and a dead woman. It’s not what it looks like, really, it’s not. It was self-defence… and anyway the woman was asking for it.


The chambermaid considers herself to be a pretty normal person; she reads books. She pretended to read the party manifestos at the General Election.  She’s even read The Psychopath Test and she’s pretty sure she’s not one so…


Ladykiller is a blood-soaked morality tale about power, privilege, and tearing up the gender rule book on psychopathy; a jet-black comedy for the age of the gig economy.

Ladykiller presents us with a genuinely complex and compelling female character, tapping into the feminist zeitgeist in a most unexpected way.

LADYKILLER was declared 'a smash hit' after a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 which garnered considerable critical acclaim..

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐    ‘a smash hit at this fringe and beyond’ – Broadway Baby

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  ‘Madeline Gould's script is unflinching…’- The Skinny 

⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐   ‘an eerily convincing portrait of an unhinged mind.’  Three Weeks

⭐⭐⭐⭐    ‘a very funny and refreshingly offbeat comedy from The Thelmas.’ – The Stage

⭐⭐⭐⭐    ‘ Hannah McClean is superb as the maid.’ – The Scotsman

⭐ ⭐⭐⭐     ‘a bracing… monologue of fierce intensity.’ – The List

⭐⭐⭐⭐  ‘a mesmeric performance.’ – Fringe Guru

⭐⭐⭐⭐  ‘A bloody brilliant hymn to the dark side of a zero hours worker’ - To Do List

⭐⭐⭐⭐  ‘one of the best written one-woman pieces at this year’s Fringe’ - Miro Magazine

 ‘with a political bite beneath the surface of its humour...a hilariously dark comic monologue’ - - Exeunt Magazine

Ladykiller is the result of research, development and support from The Pleasance Theatre, Oldham Coliseum and Ovalhouse Theatre.


Ladykiller was awarded the VAULT Festival 2019 Pleasance Award, given to a show of outstanding quality across Pleasance venues.