Bangor Play Reading Group: Lettice & Lovage

Posted April 03, 2013, at 11:05 a.m.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Bangor Public Library, 145, Harlow Street, Bangor, ME

For more information: Sue Bricknell; 207 947 8336;

Whether you love great modern drama, or have never read a play, you are welcome to come and join us for fun, interesting reading and conversation. All are welcome to read, or just listen. No experience necessary. Scripts will be provided. This month, the group will be reading Lettice and Lovage by Peter Schaffer.

This comedy, by the author of Equus and Amadeus, was written specifically for Dame Maggie Smith, who originated the title role of Lettice Douffet. The author describes it as a “very English piece”, which follows the exploits of Lettice as she transforms her dull life as a tour guide in the dusty sixteenth-century Fustian House by creating a much more interesting, but totally fictitious, history for the building. Although this attracts massive crowds of tourist, it also draws the attention of Lotte Schon, an inspector for the Preservation Trust, and Lettice is fired. However, Lotte is drawn to Lettice’s theatricality and imagination and the two women begin an unlikely relationship.