CENTENARY Season 2020

Progressive Players

Lettice and Lovage

by Peter Shaffer

23rd - 28th March 2020

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION - PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND


Jumping forward in time now, we have Lettice and Lovage, representing the 1990s. This will only be our second production of Peter Shaffer’s satirical, but once you’ve seen it, you’ll agree that it probably won’t be the last.

Flamboyant tour guide Lettice Douffet is bored. The real history of Fustian House, the Preservation Trust property she works at, is as dull as its name suggests. Dissatisfied with this, she takes it upon herself to embellish the story, which makes for a far more interesting visitor experience. However, her ambition to “Enlarge, Enliven, Enlighten!” does little to persuade her boss, Lottie Schoen. But she is intrigued and this sparks the beginning of a most unusual friendship, one which may just have a tragic end…

Written for Dame Maggie Smith, who originated the role of Lettice Douffet, this play is a wonderful vehicle for absurd comedy. Whilst she would follow Dame Maggie in playing the lead in The Lady in the Van, Sue Clark had to settle for her opposite number, Lotte Lovage, in our 1993 production. Prepare to be dazzled, dumbstruck and dismayed as Lettice Douffet does everything she can to “Enlarge, Enliven, Enlighten!” your evening. Who knows, you might even learn something!

 


CAST  
Jenni Craig
Diane Girdlestone
Phil Alexanders
Jude Downing





PRODUCTION TEAM  
Stage Manager Alan Bell
Crew Chief Gordon Dunlop
Set Design Gordon Dunlop & Robbie Carruthers
Set Construction Gordon Dunlop, Rob Williams, Huw Pritchard, Gavin Jacques
Wardrobe Maureen Duffy & Marie Brown
Prompt Kevin Graham
Lighting set Mike Swallow
Lighting operate Andrea Langeveld
Sound set & operate Chris Corbett
Properties Cathy Williams, Jo Hall, Theresa Mulkerrin
Convenor Marie Dawson

Directed by

Janet Wind