by Peter Shaffer

directed by Henrik Zawischa, February 2008

14 LetticeLovage

 

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

 

by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Mathilde Berry-Graham, November 2007

Snake in the Grass poster

Miriam has cared for her father in the family home during his last years with the help of the creepily polite nurse, Alice. On Father‘s death, Miriam‘s older sister, attractive, divorced Annabel, returns home after over thirty years abroad to find Daddy has left the bulk of his fortune to her. In the unkempt grounds she is accosted by Alice, who claims that Miriam sacked her to do away with her father and has a letter to prove it. Gentle Miriam and resolute Annabel join forces against Alice, and soon the blackmailer‘s body is hurtling down the well to oblivion. But all does not end there ... Snake in the Grass is a spine-tingling suspense drama about murder and ghosts from the past and present, penned by the inimitable Alan Ayckbourn.

No.   Title   Year   Author   Directed by
98   DEATHTRAP   2000   Ira Levin   Elaine Lloyd Barnett
99   TWO AND TWO MAKE SEX   2000   Richard Harris & Leslie Darbon   Clive Kewell & Sonny Pathak
100   THE MATCHMAKER   2000   Thornton Wilder   Peter N. Bigglestone & Catherine Schwerin
101   LOVE LETTERS   2001   A.R. Gurney   Lexi von Hoffmann
102   THE MOUSETRAP   2001   Agatha Christie   Peter N. Bigglestone
103   A MIDSUMMER NIGHT`S DREAM   2001   William Shakespeare   James Wood
104   A RISE IN THE MARKET   2002   Edward Taylor   Sonny M. Pathak & Catherine Schwerin
105   BLITHE SPIRIT   2002   Noël Coward   Peter N. Bigglestone
106a   THE ACTOR`S NIGHTMARE
(together with 'Foxtales')
  2002   Christopher Durang   Rebecca Garron
106b   FOXTALES
(together with 'The Actor's Nightmare')
  2002   Charles Pascoe   Rebecca Garron & Joana E. O´Neil
107   WHO`S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?   2003   Edward Albee   Sonny M. Pathak
108   CALIFORNIA SUITE   2003   Neil Simon   Kai Wagner
109   J.B.   2003   Archibald MacLeish   James Wood
110   THE FAHETGDS (The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen´s Guild Dramatic Society) MURDER MYSTERY   2004   David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin Jnr.   Martin Niemeyer
111   HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES   2004   Alan Ayckbourn   Peter N. Bigglestone
112   EQUUS   2004   Peter Shaffer   James Wood
113   AN IDEAL HUSBAND   2005   Oscar Wilde   Nina Stedman
114   COPENHAGEN   2005   Michael Frayn   Ulrike Biskup
115   RELATIVE VALUES   2005   Noel Coward   Catherine Schwerin & Wiebke Störtenbecker
116   DEATH OF A SALESMAN   2006   Arthur Miller   Ralph Fellows
117   WYRD SISTERS   2006   Terry Pratchett & Stephen Briggs   Martin Niemeyer
118   NOISES OFF   2006   Michael Frayn   Carol McNamara & Jack Heyward-Tuck
119   SCOTLAND ROAD   2007   Jeffrey Hatcher   Henrik Zawischa
120   ILLUMINATA   2007   Brandon Cole & John Turturro   John Kirby
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