This weekend, Durham Castle opens the doors of its spectacular Senate Suite for performances of Peter Schaffer’s classic comedy Lettice and Lovage from 18th-20th October. Usually closed to the public, the Senate Suite is an exquisite venue lined with vast seventeenth century Flemish tapestries.
Following eccentric tour guide Lettice Douffet as she resolves to “light up the corridors of the past as with a blazing torch”, Lettice and Lovage fits the Suite perfectly. Numerous Castle Tour Guides lead hundreds of enthralled tourists around the Castle each year, but unlike them Miss Douffet does not “confine” herself to historical accuracy. It is not long before Miss Douffet is promptly sacked for her inventions and embarks on a melodramatic downward spiral with wigs, warmongering and stuffed cats along the way.
The show will be performed in association with Castle Theatre Company as part of the annual Book Festival, and will head an exciting season which includes new musical Anonymous and Co in Durham Cathedral’s Monk’s Dormitory (20th and 21st October), The Tempest in the Norman Chapel and Moliere’s Tartuffe in the Castle Great Hall (16th-18th November).
Also taking place next week, Kronos Productions bring their critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe 2012 sell-out production of Oscar Wilde’s once-banned ‘Salome’ to the Assembly Rooms. The play follows the eponymous anti-heroine, the infamous stepdaughter of the Tetrach Herod, observing her descent into an obsession from which she must take desperate measures to escape, culminating in a gruesome and fatal request. For more information, please visit the Durham Student Theatre website.