University of Chicago's Court Theatre presents LETTICE AND LOVAGE

Court Theatre's production

Court Theatre concludes a very successful 2005-06 season with Peter Shaffer's Tony award-winning LETTICE AND LOVAGE, a comedy, rooted in British history, about the triumph of an unlikely friendship. It is directed by Lucy Smith Conroy and presents New York-based actress Patricia Hodges in the role of Lettice Douffet.

Linda Reiter-Lettice, Linda Gillum-Framer, Patricia Hodges-Lettice

Court Theatre is a not-for-profit professional, regional theatre in residence on the campus of the University of Chicago and enjoys a unique relationship with the University. Court Theatre is supported by the Court Theatre Fund, a not-for-profit, cultural organization, and the board of trustees and staff are responsible for earning $2.5 million with a 7% contribution by the University of Chicago. The intimate 251-seat Abelson Auditorium is Court Theatre's primary performance facility and is owned and maintained by the University of Chicago.

A dramatic moment

Productions at the Court Theatre are so consistently good that many people who live in the North Shore suburbs obtain seasons tickets each year and make the trek through the city to the South side of Chicago. One of these people is Marge Jaffe of Evanston. Speaking of LETTICE AND LOVAGE, she says, 'It is a hilarious British comedy about an unlikely relationship between two very different women. It begins with great hostility between them and ends up with the joy of their friendship. I loved it and thought it was very funny'.

Patricia Hodges-Lettice, Linda Reiter-Lotte

Peter Shaffer is credited with many outstanding plays including: AMADEUS, EQUUS, PRIVATE LIVES and THE PUBLIC EYE. He was born in Liverpool, England, on May 15. 1926, along with his twin brother, Anthony, who also became a writer. Peter attended Cambridge University on scholarship, studying history. Some of his jobs included coal miner, bookstore clerk and assistant at the New York Public Library before his literary talents emerged in his first play, THE SALT LAND (1954), which appeared on BBC.

Patricia Hodges-Lettice with John Judd- Bardolph

LETTICE AND LOVAGE is the story of Lettice Douffet, an expert on medieval cuisine and weaponry who is a tour guide at Fustian house, the most boring stately home in Britain, and Charlotte Schoen who is sent by the Preservation Trust to investigate stories that Lettice has embellished to make her tours more interesting. This charming and hilarious British comedy won two 1990 Tony awards.

You can experience LETTICE AND LOVAGE until June 11, 2006 in the Ableson Auditorium of Court Theatre located at 5535 S. Ellis Ave. in Hyde Park on the University of Chicago campus. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p. m., Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 p. m. and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Regular tickets range from $35 - $50 with discounts available for students, seniors and groups. Diane Osolin at 773-753-4472 arranges group discounts. Half-price student rush tickets are available on performance day subject to availability. For additional information, contact 773-753-4472 or

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Court Theatre is partially supported by a grant from CityArts Program IV grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Photos by Michael Brosilow.


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