Heart Warming Comedy Drama ‘Lettice and Lovage’
Opening at Newquay’s Lane Theatre this August
Newquay’s Lane Theatre brings Peter Shaffers enchanting and heart-warming comedy drama ‘Lettice and Lovage’ for a seven week run from Wednesday 31st August.
‘Lettice and Lovage is something new for Lane Theatre as it is not only a beautifully crafted play but it also has something important to say. Not only enchanting and heart-warming, this is an intelligent, comedy drama for all generations with a very funny patriotic thread,’ said Director David Julius Faulkner.
David makes a welcome return to Lane Theatre with this beautifully crafted play by Peter Shaffer who sadly died a few months ago.
Written especially for Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack to play two middle aged women who take it upon themselves to plot to destroy the ugly and preserve the beautiful and elegant buildings of our capital city.
But David has his own star cast with two award-winning actresses, Jean Lenton and Soozie Tinn. However, all eyes will no doubt be on Milo the cat, who makes a show stopping portrayal as Felina, Queen of sorrows, in the second act.
Staging Lettice and Lovage has been a challenge. David has designed a metamorphic staircase which he hopes will be a visual delight as it moves around the stage, apparently all by itself, creating the various scenes in the play.
‘Following the Brexit vote and the appalling rise of terrorism, Lettice and Lovage may be more relevant today than when it was written,’ said David.
‘I think Peter Shaffer was inspired to write the play following a comment by Prince Charles who described certain modern architecture as, “like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.’
Peter Shaffer himself once remarked: ‘My plays all get a very strong reaction from the audience; that’s why one wants to write plays … I don’t set out to stir up controversy, you write plays because you can’t help it … but it’s true that my plays are often about revenge … it’s a very urgent theme in today’s life.’
As a director David has had great success by choosing plays which challenge both actors and audiences alike. Back in the nineties and early naughty’s, as well as acting in several productions at Lane Theatre, David directed Whose Life Is It Anyway and Pinocchio (which he wrote for the Lane Theatre.)
For several years David has been the Artistic Director of Open Road Theatre Company whose past very successful productions include; Trouble With Ted, Burtenshaw, Antigone, Lunchtime Concert (which came second in the All England One Act Festival final) Cheat The Reaper (which he also wrote), Dinner and Hitler Dances. David has recently translated and adapted an Italian play Crime on Goat Island, which he hopes to direct for Lane Theatre as their spring production in 2017.
Lettice and Lovage can be seen at Newquay’s Lane Theatre (possibly the finest traditional theatre in Cornwall) from Wednesday 31st August and then every Tuesday and Wednesday until 12th October. Curtain up at 8pm.
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