Thursday, July 18, 2013

" Tasty Salad? ...." Lettice And Lovage" Served Up At Chester Theatre Club"

Liverpudlian writer Peter Schaffer's 1987 play " Lettice and Lovage" delighted CTC audiences recently, 19 years after its 1st run at the Little Theatre...

Jane Barth ( Lettice) and Pat Cameron ( Lotte) played main parts, following in footsteps of Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack, those venerable ladies who stormed the London stage in the original run of this delicious comedy.

The play tells of Historical Tour Guide Lettice Douffet, arty middle-aged eccentric, whose job is to show the public around dreary Fustian House. However Lettice embroiders historical fact : her creed is " Enlarge" Enliven! Enlighten!"....and when her boss, passionless Lotte Schon , discovers this deviation fron Fact, she ruthlessly sacks Lettice from her job with the Preservation Trust.

Hmm! SO, discovering a mutual admiration for Heroic Figures From The Past, a wonderfully dramatic HAVOC ensues....including re-enactments of famous beheadings! AND along with Schaffer's hilarious script, the two seemingly unalike women find they've got more in common than they could possibly have realised......

Ian Dunn, Ciorstaidh Eales and Veronica Herd played a dazzling variety of visitors joining Lettice's tour. Ciorstaidh Eales made an excellent debut as a particularly dim secretary. Ian Dunn as the Solicitor, with his superb voice and facial expression, was indeed memorable. And Jane Barth's Lettice, a hugely wordy part, was served wirth Jane's customary talented aplomb, well supported by Pat Cameron as Lotte.

The Set Builders and Designers deserve hearty congratulations, as does Director John Turner, who along with Andy Hutchings, skilfully masterminded this enticing play for appreciartive Cestriam theatregoers!

SEE for news of the club's new season starting in September.

*** Never been to an Awards Evening before, so treated m'self to a trip to The Cheshire Theatre Guild Awards Evening, held this year at CTC, recently.
Great to see such superb talent around the county of Cheshire: we saw excerpts from Ashton Hayes Theatre Club's " Arabian Nights"....." Blithe Spirit" from Harlequin Theatre.... and CTC's " Hedda Gabler" .

AND Garth Jones...with clever mix of hilarity and serious analysis.....commented on nominations for Full Length Plays and Linda Sunners talked with us about Plays for Young Actors and those with Musical Content.***


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