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Thirty years after Maggie Smith, as Lettice Douffet, and Margaret Tyzack, as Lotte Schoen, gave Tony Award-winning performances in this comedic and satire play by Peter Schaffer, director Angela Short, has fulfilled her dream of directing this play in her latest production from the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild.

Even though the Theatre Guild has an excellent reputation for developing top amateur and professional theatre productions in Adelaide I did wonder how their performance of Lettice and Lovage would be received by today's audiences when compared with the highly publicised and outstanding theatre performances by the two award-winning veterans in the West End. Even though Smith and Tyzack are a hard act to follow, Walker and Malujlo have no need for concern.

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Tracey Walker as Lettice Douffet & Sharon Malujlo as Lotte Schoen
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Tracey Walker, as Lettice Douffet, a flamboyant tour guide, and Sharon Malujlo as the arrogant bureaucrat, are marvellous as they showcase their talents with life and humour in their performances.

Lettice and Lovage by The Theatre Guild  REVIEW
Tracey Walker as Lettice Douffet & Sharon Malujlo as Lotte Schoen.


From the outset Walker received lots of laughter from the audience as Lettice Douffet, a tour-guide with a theatrical back-ground, finds the history of the stately home some-what dull. So, as a means of enhancing the visitors experience, she exaggerates the tiresome facts into wild fanciful stories that grow larger than life and further from the truth with every tour.

This leads Douffet into trouble with Lotte Schoen, the 'Preservation Trust' official who dismisses her, but later befriends her. Both actors are a pleasure to watch as they certainly create an "Odd Couple", who develop a united front as they indulge in some of their own play-acting as they recreate famous execution scenes. Although Maluijo as the very conservative official is quite the contrary to Douffet, she still manages to bring much humour to her performance.

Lettice and Lovage by The Theatre Guild  REVIEW
Anita Canala as Miss Framer, Margaret Tyzack as Lotte Schoen & Tracey Walker as Lettice Douffet.


Lettice and Lovage by The Theatre Guild  REVIEW
Sharon Malujlo as Lotte Schoen, Jack Robins as Mr. Bardolph & Tracey Walker as Lettice Douffet.


Anita Canala as Miss Framer, Lotte's secretary, and Jack Robins as Mr. Bardolph, the solicitor, give fine performances. Robins raises laughs as the defending counsellor for Douffet, who obviously is in need of a lawyer, which I will not elaborate on. He seriously struggles with dealing with both women who have such different agendas when it comes to legal matters, which raises plenty of laughter.

Lettice and Lovage is a very cleverly written, entertaining and engaging piece of play-writing by Schaffer. His renowned reputation as an outstanding playwright and screenwriter is clearly evident as this story unfolds.
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Why? With its rich language it should be a delight to relish and savour, and the intimacy and ambiance of the Little Theatre is perfect for this production.
When: Wed-Sat 4-7 & 11-14 October 2017 at 7.30pm
Phone: 08 83135999
Where: Little Theatre, The Cloisters (off Victoria Drive, gate 10), University of Adelaide. Ticket machine in Cloisters parking area. WE RECOMMEND YOU ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR PARKING WHEN THERE IS AN EVENT ON AT ADELAIDE OVAL.
Cost: Tickets $28 Full / $23 Concession Group Bookings: 10 at Concession rate NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES AVAILABLE. PLEASE NOTE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON THE DOOR WITH CASH FOR ALL PERFORMANCES ONCE TRYBOOKING CLOSES (4pm weekday performance)
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