Lettice and Lovage - 12-15 April 2015.
Lettice and Lovage is a very British comedy by Peter Shaffer. He wrote the play especially for Dame Maggie Smith after she challenged him to ‘write something for women’. So he did, and he cast Dame Maggie as Lettice. The play was a huge success, it ran for 768 performances at the Gielgud Theatre in London from 1987.
The action takes place in 3 primary locations. The Grand Hall, Fustian House – Wiltshire, Miss Schoen’s office at the Preservation Trust, London, and Lettice’s basement apartment in Earls Court.
Lettice is an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry; she is a daffy enthusiast of history and theatre. As a tour guide of Fustian House (the least stately of stately homes in England) she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schoen, an Official from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed nor entertained by Lettice’s’ freewheeling history lessons, Schoen terminates her employment. Not one, however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic conventional Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the Crown.
The tale of an unlikely friendship, with lots of Lovage.
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