Lettice and Lovage

By Peter Shaffer

Directed by Henrik Zawischa

 

Eccentric Lettice Duffet simply cannot settle for the ordinary. Even working as a tour guide at Fustian House, one of Britain’s more boring stately homes, cannot stop her creativity. Her experiences as the daughter of an actress who toured France with an all-girl troupe performing Shakespeare’s history plays, along with her enthusiasm for Elizabethan food and medieval weaponry, help her to inventively inform her tourists and liven up the house’s dull history. In her passion for the past, though, she begins to stray from fact and increasingly makes her tours more theatrical, much to the horror of dry and dour Lotte Schoen, a representative of the Preservation Trust. She walks in a the height of Lettice’s extravagances, and Lettice suddenly finds herself without a job. But, bit by bit, the purist Lotte finds herself drawn into Lettice’s world of historical romance. The two discover they have more in common than meets the eye, and an unusual friendship grows. This is soon challenged, however, when during their re-enactment of Charles I’s execution a nasty little accident happens...

This witty and passionate comedy by the author of Equus and Amadeus won the Evening Standard’s Best Comedy Award in 1988 and was nominated for the Tony Award in 1990.

Cast

Character Actor(s)
Lettice Douffet Amanda Lee Charlotte Schoen Jocasta Godlieb Miss Framer Julie Spanswick Ms Bardolph Fiana de Guzman Surly Man Mike Coles Tourists Wiebke Störtenbecker, Meike Winkler, Simon Gould, Piet Hansen, Jack Heyward-Tuck, Mike Coles, Christine Tintelnot, Kristine Löschmann, Bogdan Miclaus, Bente Skerhutt, William Loetz